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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Petty, especially in a nagging or annoying way; trifling: a pointless dispute over niggling details.
  • adj. Overly concerned with details; exacting and fussy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of niggle.
  • adj. petty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. petty, trivial, or inconsequential.
  • adj. Excessively demanding of time or attention.
  • n. Finicky or pottering work

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mean; contemptible.
  • Finicking; fussy.
  • n. Finicking, fussy, or over-elaborate work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (informal) small and of little importance

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