niggling
niggling ig"gling, n. 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.]

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  • Niggling — Nig gling, a. 1. petty, trivial, or inconsequential. [PJC] 2. Excessively demanding of time or attention; as, niggling little details. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • niggling — index inconsequential Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • niggling — [[t]nɪ̱gəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A niggling injury or worry is small but bothers you over a long period of time. Both players have been suffering from niggling injuries. ...a niggling worry that the cheap car is also the one that will… …   English dictionary

  • niggling — adjective Date: 1599 petty; also bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way < niggling injuries > • niggling noun • nigglingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • niggling — nigglingly, adv. /nig ling/, adj. 1. petty; trivial; inconsequential: to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology. 2. demanding too much care, attention, time, etc.: niggling chores about the house. [1590 1600; NIGGLE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • niggling — nig|gling [ˈnıgəlıŋ] adj 1.) niggling doubt/worry/suspicion etc a slight doubt etc that you cannot stop thinking about = ↑nagging 2.) a niggling injury or problem is a slight one that does not go away …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • niggling — nig|gling [ nıglıŋ ] adjective 1. ) a niggling feeling is slight but it worries you continuously 2. ) a niggling injury is not very serious but is difficult to treat or cure: NAGGING …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • niggling — adjective niggling doubt/worry/suspicion etc a doubt etc that keeps worrying you slightly and that you cannot stop thinking about: A niggling doubt about Marlow s motives suddenly entered his mind …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • niggling — UK [ˈnɪɡ(ə)lɪŋ] / US adjective 1) a niggling feeling is slight but it worries you continuously 2) a niggling injury is not very serious but is difficult to treat or cure …   English dictionary

  • Niggling — Niggle Nig gle, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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