niggle definition, meaning - what is niggle in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “niggle”

See all translations

niggle

verb [I or T] uk   us   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/

niggle verb [I or T] (WORRY)

to worry someone slightly, usually for a long time: I just can't remember his name - it's been niggling me for a couple of weeks. One thought kept niggling at her.

niggle verb [I or T] (CRITICIZE)

UK to criticize someone about small details or give too much attention to details: She niggles endlessly over the exact pronunciation. The accounts department is niggling me for ten pence they say I owe them.

niggle

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/

niggle noun [C] (WORRY)

a small doubt or worry: Don't you feel even a slight niggle about the morality of your experiments?

niggle noun [C] (CRITICISM)

UK a small criticism: I do have a few minor niggles about the book, but generally it's very good.
niggling
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-l̩.ɪŋ/ /-lɪŋ/
a niggling doubt/fear a niggling comment/criticism
(Definition of niggle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of niggle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “niggle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

intellectualize

to think about or discuss a subject in a detailed and intellectual way, without involving your emotions or feelings

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More