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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, verb (used with an object)

1. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. To elaborate excessively, as in art. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, verb (used without an object)

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.]

4. (Chiefly Eng.)

1. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to work with excessive care for trifling details, as in painting. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

niggle

verb

1: worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: {fuss}, {niggle}, {fret}]

2: argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: {quibble}, {niggle}, {pettifog}, {bicker}, {squabble}, {brabble}]


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