Niggle

Definition of Niggle

Nig´gle
v. t.1.To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
[imp. & p. p. Niggled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Niggling .]
v. i.1.To trifle or play.
Take heed, daughter,
You niggle not with your conscience and religion.
- Massinger.
2.To act or walk mincingly.
3.To fret and snarl about trifles.
4.(Chiefly Eng.) To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
5.To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to work with excessive care for trifling details, as in painting.
v. t.1.To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
2.To elaborate excessively, as in art.

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adverse criticism, animadversion, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, bitch, bug, captiousness, carp, carp at, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, complain, criticism, criticize, exception, faultfinding, find fault, flak, fret at, fuss, fuss at, grouse, hairsplitting, hassle, henpeck, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, imputation, knock, kvetch, nag, nagging, nibble at, niggling, nit, nit-picking, obloquy, overcriticalness, peck at, pester, pestering, pettifogging, pick at, pick on, priggishness, quibble, quibbling, rap, reflection, reproachfulness, slam, stricture, swipe, taking exception, trichoschistism, yap at
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