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/ næg /
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verb (used with object), nagged, nag·ging.
to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.
to keep in a state of troubled awareness or anxiety, as a recurrent pain or problem: She had certain misgivings that nagged her.
verb (used without object), nagged, nag·ging.
to find fault or complain in an irritating, wearisome, or relentless manner (often followed by at): If they start nagging at each other, I'm going home.
to cause pain, discomfort, distress, depression, etc. (often followed by at): This headache has been nagging at me all day.
noun
Also nagger . a person who nags, especially habitually.
an act or instance of nagging: His constant nagging finally got the best of me and I lost my temper.
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Origin of nag

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First recorded in 1820–30; from Old Norse nagga “to rub, grumble, quarrel”; akin to Middle Low German naggen “to irritate”; see gnaw

OTHER WORDS FROM nag

un·nagged, adjective

Other definitions for nag (2 of 2)

nag2
[ nag ]
/ næg /

noun
an old, inferior, or worthless horse.
Slang. any horse, especially a racehorse.
a small riding horse or pony.

Origin of nag

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English nag(ge); connected with Dutch neg(ge) “small horse,” of obscure origin; said to be akin to neigh
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British Dictionary definitions for nag (1 of 2)

nag1
/ (næɡ) /

verb nags, nagging or nagged
to scold or annoy constantly
(when intr, often foll by at) to be a constant source of discomfort or worry (to)toothache nagged him all day
noun
a person, esp a woman, who nags

Derived forms of nag

nagger, nounnaggingly, adverb

Word Origin for nag

C19: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish nagga to gnaw, irritate, German nagen

British Dictionary definitions for nag (2 of 2)

nag2
/ (næɡ) /

noun
often derogatory a horse
a small riding horse

Word Origin for nag

C14: of Germanic origin; related to neigh
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