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

Niggling \Nig"gling\, adjective

1. petty, trivial, or inconsequential. [PJC]

2. Excessively demanding of time or attention; as, niggling little details. [PJC]

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

niggling \nig"gling\, noun Finicky or pottering work; specif. (Fine Arts), Minute and very careful workmanship in drawing, painting, or the like, esp. when bestowed on unimportant detail. [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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

niggling

adjective

1: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: {fiddling}, {footling}, {lilliputian}, {little}, {niggling}, {piddling}, {piffling}, {petty}, {picayune}, {trivial}]


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