Definition of niggle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡl//
    Being ill
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  1. 1(British English) a small criticism or complaint My only niggle is that they should have told me sooner.
  2. 2a slight feeling, such as worry, doubt, etc. that does not go away a niggle of doubt In his mind there was that same old niggle—had he done the right thing?
  3. 3a slight pain He gets the occasional niggle in his right shoulder. See related entries: Being ill
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘do in an ineffectual way’): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian nigla. Current senses date from the late 18th cent.

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