niggling

4 definitions found

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}]


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.

PRIVACY Say "Hell No!" to the TPP. LEGAL TENDER DO NO HARM Caduceus FREEDOM OF THE PRESS FREEDOM of SPEECH FREEDOM FOR ALL economic opportunity We need better cryptography. FREEDOM FOR ALL Think BIG! Science The Law of The Land
Caduceus, Golden Key and Scales of Justice


Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:20:19 PM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_niggling_2015-03-29_17-20-19_54-159-136-47