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 cause endless trouble.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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 — 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.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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