niggling

[nig-ling]
adjective
1.
petty; trivial; inconsequential: to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology.
2.
demanding too much care, attention, time, etc.: niggling chores about the house.

Origin:
1590–1600; niggle + -ing2

nigglingly, adverb
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niggle

[nig-uhl]
verb (used without object), niggled, niggling.
1.
to criticize, especially constantly or repeatedly, in a peevish or petty way; carp: to niggle about the fine points of interpretation; preferring to niggle rather than take steps to correct a situation.
2.
to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details: It's difficult to be meticulous and not niggle.
3.
to work ineffectively; trifle: to niggle with an uninteresting task.

Origin:
1610–20; < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian nigla to be penurious (ultimately < Old Norse hnøggr stingy, cognate with Old English hnēaw); cf. niggard

niggler, noun
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niggle (ˈnɪɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to find fault continually
2.  (intr) to be preoccupied with details; fuss
3.  (tr) to irritate; worry
 
n
4.  a slight or trivial objection or complaint
5.  a slight feeling as of misgiving, uncertainty, etc
 
[C16: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian nigla. Compare niggard]
 
'niggler
 
n
 
'niggly
 
adj

niggling (ˈnɪɡlɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  petty
2.  fussy
3.  irritating
4.  requiring painstaking work
5.  persistently troubling: a niggling back pain
 
n
6.  an act or instance of niggling
 
'nigglingly
 
adv

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niggle
1599 (implied in niggling), possibly from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. dial. nigla "be busy with trifles"), perhaps related to source of niggard.
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Example sentences
What inveterate wearers sometimes gripe about is the niggling pain felt when
  forced to walk with their feet flat.
Each of those injuries, no matter how niggling, also gets duly reported and
  entered into the computer.
But this spring day was too bright to spend niggling and spinning.
Still, she frets over the niggling details right to the end.
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