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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. (informal) small and of little importance;
- Example: "a fiddling sum of money"
- Example: "a footling gesture"
- Example: "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
- Example: "a little (or small) matter"
- Example: "a dispute over niggling details"
- Example: "limited to petty enterprises"
- Example: "piffling efforts"
- Example: "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
[syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Niggling \Nig"gling\, a. 1. petty, trivial, or inconsequential. [PJC] 2. Excessively demanding of time or attention; as, niggling little details. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

niggling \nig"gling\, n. Finicky or pottering work; specif. (Fine Arts), Minute and very careful workmanship in drawing, painting, or the like, esp. when bestowed on unimportant detail. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Niggle \Nig"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Niggled; p. pr. & vb. n. Niggling.] [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.] To trifle with; to deceive; to mock. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

niggling adj 1: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

115 Moby Thesaurus words for "niggling": Mickey Mouse, adverse criticism, advertent, agog, alert, all ears, all eyes, animadversion, annoying, aspersion, assiduous, attentive, aware, bad notices, bad press, captious, captiousness, careful, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, concentrated, conscious, critical, criticism, cynical, diligent, earnest, exception, faultfinding, finical, finicking, finicky, flak, frivolous, fussy, hairsplitting, heedful, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercritical, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, imputation, inconsequential, insignificant, intense, intent, intentive, irksome, irritating, jerkwater, knock, measly, meticulous, mindful, nagging, nice, niggle, nit, nit-picking, nugatory, obloquy, observant, observing, on the ball, on the job, one-horse, open-eared, open-eyed, openmouthed, overcritical, overcriticalness, paltry, peanut, pestering, pettifogging, petty, picayune, picayunish, piddling, piffling, poky, priggishness, punk, puny, quibble, quibbling, rap, reflection, regardful, reproachfulness, slam, small-beer, small-time, stricture, swipe, taking exception, tinhorn, trichoschistic, trichoschistism, trifling, trivial, troublesome, two-bit, two-by-four, ultracritical, unimportant, vexatious, vexing, watchful, worrisome, worrying