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 Dictionary entry overview: What does niggling mean? 

NIGGLING (adjective)
  The adjective NIGGLING has 1 sense:

1. (informal) small and of little importance

  Familiarity information: NIGGLING used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

NIGGLING (adjective)

Sense 1niggling [BACK TO TOP]


(informal) small and of little importance


fiddling; piffling; piddling; picayune; trivial; niggling; footling; petty; lilliputian; little

Context examples:

a fiddling sum of money / a footling gesture / our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war / a little (or small) matter / a dispute over niggling details / limited to petty enterprises / piffling efforts / giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction


unimportant (not important)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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