- 1[intransitive, transitive] to irritate or annoy somebody slightly; to make somebody slightly worried synonym bother niggle (at somebody) A doubt niggled at her. it niggles somebody that… (British English) It niggled him that she had not phoned back. niggle somebody (British English) Something was niggling her.
- 2[intransitive] niggle (about/over something) | niggle (at somebody) (for something) to argue about something unimportant; to criticize somebody for something that is not important synonym quibble Word Origin early 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.
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they niggle
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡl//he / she / it niggles
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡlz//past simple niggled
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡld//past participle niggled
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡld//-ing form niggling
BrE BrE//ˈnɪɡlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪɡlɪŋ//