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Definition of the noun niggle

What does niggle mean as a name of something?


  1. A minor complaint or problem.
  2. [obsolete] Small, cramped handwriting.

Definition of the verb niggle

What does niggle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: niggled | niggling | niggles

  1. worry unnecessarily or excessively
    • example: Sam and Sue niggle over the results of the experiment
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Cause] [Verb] at [Experiencer]The irritation niggled at Melinda
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Experiencer]This painting appeals to Malinda
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of niggle: fret / fuss
    • more generic word: worry = be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
    • more specific words:
  2. argue over petty things

Alternative definition of the verb niggle


  1. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
  2. To dwell too much on minor points.
  3. To fidget, fiddle, be restless.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for niggle

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Google previewLean RFS (Repetitive Flexible Supply) (2016)

Putting the Pieces Together by Ian Fraser Glenday, Rick Sather

Niggle is an English expression that is in popular use in Britain. It does not have a direct translation in many languages and doesn't...

Google previewAchieving Ascension (2017)

by Sonia Diane Bradford in conjunction with Veronica J. Cate by Sonia Diane Bradford

Beyond the small irate niggle is the emotional response that can come from the information given. (This is the “baby” ego part that One needs to watch out for and reject.) The biggest thing to consider is that a speed channeller requires a quiet ...

Google previewBilly's Dictionary For Blokes (2011)

by Billy Brownless

' niggle:a worrying small ...

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

250, 1973 niggle ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

asserts that wap had already superseded niggle in the canting vocabulary: 'Nigling, company keeping with a woman, is not used now, but wapping, and thereof comes the name wapping-morts, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1862)

See Niggle. Nifle. A trifle. Norman niveloter, to amuse oneself with trifles. Niffnaffs, trifles, knicknacks. — Hal. The radical image is a snap with the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils K. Oeijord, Mitch C. Bronston

niggle, ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

niggle, pester, heartache, trouble Worry continuously—beset Worry over— brood Worry over petty details—niggle Worse fortune that is deserved—hard luck Worsen—aggravate, complicate, compound, deteriorate, degenerate, debase, ...

Google previewAn Analytic Dictionary of the English Etymology (2008)

An Introduction by Anatoly Liberman

perhaps even slang, and, like niggle, nuddle, and knubble, it had no currency outside a ...

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Usage statistics about niggle

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb niggle:


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Scrabble value of N1I1G2G2L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of NIGGLE

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