from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details.
- intransitive v. To find fault constantly and trivially; carp. See Synonyms at quibble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A minor complaint or problem.
- n. Small, cramped handwriting.
- v. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
- v. To dwell too much on minor points.
- v. To fidget, fiddle, be restless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
- intransitive v. To trifle or play.
- intransitive v. To act or walk mincingly.
- intransitive v. To fret and snarl about trifles.
- intransitive v.
- intransitive v. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
- intransitive v. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to work with excessive care for trifling details, as in painting.
- transitive v. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
- transitive v. To elaborate excessively, as in art.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat sparingly; nibble.
- To act in a mincing manner; work in a finicking, fussy way.
- To trifle; be employed in trifling or petty carping.
- To fret; complain of trifles.
- . To draw out unwillingly; squeeze out or hand out slyly.
- To play with contemptuously; make sport or game of; mock; deceive.
- To fill with excess of details; over-elaborate.
- n. Small cramped handwriting; a scribble; a scrawl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. argue over petty things
- v. worry unnecessarily or excessively
"Early in the first quarter against the Swans, Matthew aggravated a long-term niggle in his hamstring origin tendon," Dr Hickey told richmondfc. com.au.
The only niggle is that the language doesn’t seem to know which side of the Atlantic it’s supposed to be on.
"I'll make a start," he said; "'gin' one; 'niggle' -- that's rather good -- two; 'mug' three."
On my last visit to Sheffield for the Indoor UK trials she pulled out with an ankle injury, which was initially described as a niggle.
I just have one small niggle, which is that bariatric surgery "curing" diabetes looks like
Another niggle is a complete lack of scale or compass rose.
A niggle is your body's way of saying something is wrong.
I have to wonder why he couldn't explain "niggle" to the people involved, or why he wasn't suing everyone's ass off or wasn't, if he wasn't, bought off.
Throw in Jolean Lescott's recent injury and a possible "niggle" which will sideline Wayne Rooney this weekend, and things are looking a lot brighter for June 12 in Rustenberg.
It sounds like rather more than a 'niggle', then - indeed, the question is, will it be enough to cause a permanent rift between them?