niggle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “niggle” in the English Dictionary

"niggle" in British English

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niggleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/

niggle verb [I or T] (WORRY)

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

niggle verb [I or T] (CRITICIZE)

UK to ​criticize someone about ​smalldetails or give too much ​attention to ​details: She niggles ​endlessly over the ​exactpronunciation. The ​accountsdepartment is niggling me for ten ​pence they say I ​owe them.

nigglenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈnɪɡ.l̩/

niggle noun [C] (WORRY)

a ​smalldoubt or ​worry: Don't you ​feeleven a ​slight niggle about the ​morality of ​yourexperiments?

niggle noun [C] (CRITICISM)

UK a ​smallcriticism: I do have a few ​minor niggles about the ​book, but ​generally it's very good.
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-l̩.ɪŋ/ /-lɪŋ/
a niggling ​doubt/​fear a niggling ​comment/​criticism
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