Re: Happy Fathers Day

Don Wayne (Ofmc) /
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I was being redundant

English

Etymology

First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely a borrowing from Norwegian nigla (“to be stingy”), ultimately from Old Norse hnøggr (“stingy; miserly”), related to Old English hnēaw (“stingy; niggardly”). More at niggard.

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /ˈnɪɡəl/

Rhymes: -ɪɡəl

Noun

niggle (plural niggles)

A minor complaint or problem.

(obsolete)

Small, cramped handwriting.

Verb

niggle (third-person singular simple present niggles, present participle niggling, simple past and past participle niggled)

(transitive, obsolete) To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.

(transitive) To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.

(intransitive) To dwell too much on minor points or on trifling details.

(intransitive, chiefly Britain) To fidget, fiddle, be restless.

Derived terms

niggly

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