Niggle vs Nag - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between niggle and nag
is that niggle
is a minor complaint or problem while nag
is a small horse; a pony or nag
can be one who.
As verbs the difference between niggle and nag
is that niggle
is to trifle with; to deceive; to mock while nag
is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
A minor complaint or problem.
* 2012 , The Guardian,
London 2012: Christian Taylor aims high as Phillips Idowu stays away , by Anna Kessel
(obsolete) Small, cramped handwriting.
- The Olympic medal contender's back problem has been described as a "niggle " by the head coach, Charles van Commenee, but Porter's friend and former team-mate Danielle Carruthers revealed that the injury is playing on the Briton's mind.
To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
To dwell too much on minor points.
To fidget, fiddle, be restless.
- (Beaumont and Fletcher)
(etyl) nagge'', cognate with Dutch ''negge
A small horse; a pony.
An old useless horse.
(obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
* 1598 , , III. x. 11:
- Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt – Whom leprosy o'ertake!
* (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
* (old useless horse) bum (racing )
Probably from a (etyl) source; compare Swedish .
To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
To bother with persistent memories.
Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
- A nagging pain in his left knee
- A nagging north wind