Origin of nagging
verb (used with object), nagged, nag·ging.
verb (used without object), nagged, nag·ging.
Origin of nag1
Synonyms for nag
Related Words for naggingtroublesome, grievous, excruciating, terrible, inflamed, severe, aching, agonizing, throbbing, distressing, burning, piercing, tormenting, tender, biting, trying, harrowing, smarting, irritated, hurting
Examples from the Web for nagging
Contemporary Examples of nagging
It's the equivalent of having a nagging teacher or parent telling you to "sit up!"Lumo Lift Vibrates You Into Better Posture
August 26, 2014
Maybe women should just leave comedy to the menfolk, and stick to nagging!Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny
June 3, 2014
The only interesting thing about this video is the nagging question of WTF Avril Lavigne is talking about.Avril Lavigne’s Dumb ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Is Rife with Cultural Appropriation
April 25, 2014
Kaku has little taste for unorthodox views or nagging objections, as they muddy his vision of tomorrowland.What Will Happen to Our Minds in the Future?
March 2, 2014
The baseball player admitted to using banned products to facilitate his rehabilitation from a “nagging injury.”Reconsidering the War on Steroids
September 21, 2013
Historical Examples of nagging
In the second scene of this second act Adriana goes on nagging in almost the same way.The Man Shakespeare
He did not think it was decent of them to be nagging at him like this.Typhoon
He, himself, already felt the nagging effect of jangling nerves.
Does it occur to you that Mr. Bordman is nagging himself to achieve the inconceivable?
After every nagging letter—thank God they don't write often any more!The Straw
verb nags, nagging or nagged
Word Origin for nag
Word Origin for nag
"annoy by scolding," 1828, originally a dialectal word meaning "to gnaw" (1825), probably ultimately from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gnaga "to complain," literally "to bite, gnaw," dialectal Swedish and Norwegian nagga "to gnaw"), from Proto-Germanic *gnagan, related to Old English gnagan "to gnaw" (see gnaw). Related: Nagged; nagger; nagging.
"old horse," c.1400, nagge "small riding horse," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Dutch negge, neg (but these are more recent than the English word), perhaps related in either case to imitative neigh. Term of abuse is a transferred sense, first recorded 1590s.