a. The action of nagging or finding fault; pettiness; (also) irritation, annoyance.
1865 Pall Mall Gaz. 8 Apr. 7 In these days of niggle and naggle, its force is apt to be miscalled coarseness by critics of a particular school.
1888 F. T. Elworthy W. Somerset Word-bk. (at cited word), Her's always 'pon the niggle way un.
1986 J. Joseph Persephone xliii. 197 His head was cleaned of pain and the pain in going had taken away with it all the niggle, the circular gloomy gnawing, all thought.
b. An instance of this; a petty complaint or criticism; a slight worry, annoyance, or discomfort.
3. Brit. colloq. (chiefly Sport). Ill feeling, animosity.http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nig...
: a trifling doubt, objection, or complaint
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Examples of NIGGLE
1. I've had a knee niggle for the past few days.
2. He has a bit of a niggle in his back.
3. I have a few minor niggles about the performance.http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
noun Canada (plural nig·gles)
1. petty complaint: a small or petty complaint, criticism, or point of detail or dispute
Once we have a broad agreement, we can sort out these niggles.
2. nagging worry: a small but continuing source of annoyance or worry