Definition of Niggling

1. Adjective. (informal) small and of little importance. "Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"


Definition of Niggling

1. n. Finicky or pottering work;

Definition of Niggling

1. Verb. (present participle of niggle) ¹

2. Adjective. petty ¹

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Definition of Niggling

1. petty or meticulous work [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Niggling

niggerness
niggerology
niggers
niggers in the woodpile
niggery
niggies
niggish
niggle
niggled
niggler
nigglers
niggles
nigglier
niggliest
niggliite
niggling (current term)
nigglingly
nigglings
niggly
niggy
nigh
nigh(a)
nighed
nighen
nigher
nighest
nighing
nighly
nighness
nighnesses

Literary usage of Niggling

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1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Also niggling, subs. = Copulation.— BE (c. 1696) ; GROSE (1785). 1567. HARMAN, Caveat (1814), p ... And he has kept on niggling and niggling away at it—why? ..."

2. The Complete Works by John Ruskin (1894)
"No word has been more harmfully misused than that ugly one of " niggling. ... So long as the work is thoughtfully directed, there is no niggling. ..."

3. Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases by Anne Elizabeth Baker (1854)
"BNC niggling. Small, curtailed, diminutive; a suppressed laugh is " a little niggling laugh;" a pen, that does not move freely would be called a " niggling ..."

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