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Meaning of NIGGLE

Pronunciation:  'nigul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
  2. [v]  worry unnecessarily of excessively

NIGGLE is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: bicker, brabble, fret, fuss, pettifog, quibble, squabble
 See Also: argue, contend, debate, dither, fence, flap, pother, scruple, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nig"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Niggled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Niggling}.] [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also
    Prov. E. nig a small piece.]
    To trifle with; to deceive; to mock. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
  2. \Nig"gle\, v. t.
    1. To trifle or play.
             Take heed, daughter, You niggle not with your
             conscience and religion.              --Massinger.
    2. To act or walk mincingly. [Prov. Eng.]
    3. To fret and snarl about trifles. [Prov. Eng.]
  3. \Nig"gle\, v. t.
    1. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
    2. To elaborate excessively, as in art.
  4. \Nig"gle\, v. i. (Chiefly Eng.)
    1. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
    2. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to
       work with excessive care for trifling details, as in
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