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niggle

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/ us  

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.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure

niggle verb [I or T] (CRITICIZE)

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 cents they say I owe them.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

niggle

noun [C] uk   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/ us  

niggle noun [C] (WORRY)

a small doubt or worry: Don't you feel even a slight niggle about the morality of your experiments?Suspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosityAnxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias

niggle noun [C] (CRITICISM)

a small criticism: I do have a few minor niggles about the book, but generally it's very good.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
niggling
adjective [before noun] uk   /-l̩.ɪŋ/ /-lɪŋ/ us  
a niggling doubt/fear a niggling comment/criticismAnnoyingCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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