niggle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, v. i.
   1. To trifle or play.
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            Take heed, daughter,
            You niggle not with your conscience and religion.
                                                  --Massinger.
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   2. To act or walk mincingly. [Prov. Eng.]
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   3. To fret and snarl about trifles. [Prov. Eng.]
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   4. (Chiefly Eng.)

   1. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
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   5. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to
      work with excessive care for trifling details, as in
      painting.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, v. t.
   1. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
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   2. To elaborate excessively, as in art.
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