from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details.
- intransitive v. To find fault constantly and trivially; carp. See Synonyms at quibble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A minor complaint or problem.
- n. Small, cramped handwriting.
- v. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
- v. To dwell too much on minor points.
- v. To fidget, fiddle, be restless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
- intransitive v. To trifle or play.
- intransitive v. To act or walk mincingly.
- intransitive v. To fret and snarl about trifles.
- intransitive v.
- intransitive v. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
- intransitive v. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to work with excessive care for trifling details, as in painting.
- transitive v. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
- transitive v. To elaborate excessively, as in art.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat sparingly; nibble.
- To act in a mincing manner; work in a finicking, fussy way.
- To trifle; be employed in trifling or petty carping.
- To fret; complain of trifles.
- . To draw out unwillingly; squeeze out or hand out slyly.
- To play with contemptuously; make sport or game of; mock; deceive.
- To fill with excess of details; over-elaborate.
- n. Small cramped handwriting; a scribble; a scrawl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. argue over petty things
- v. worry unnecessarily or excessively
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from Old Norse nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard. (Wiktionary)