nagging

[ nag-ing ]
/ ˈnæg ɪŋ /

adjective

continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent.
persistently recurring; unrelenting: a nagging backache.

Nearby words

  1. nagano,
  2. nagari,
  3. nagarjuna,
  4. nagasaki,
  5. nagger,
  6. naggish,
  7. naggy,
  8. nagor,
  9. nagorno-karabakh,
  10. nagorno-karabakh autonomous region

Origin of nagging

First recorded in 1830–40; nag1 + -ing2

Related formsnag·ging·ness, nounun·nag·ging, adjectiveun·nag·ging·ly, adverb

nag

1
[ nag ]
/ næg /

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.

Origin of nag

1
1815–25; < Old Norse nagga to rub, grumble, quarrel; akin to Middle Low German naggen to irritate. See gnaw

Related formsun·nagged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nagging

nag

1
/ (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 Formsnagger, nounnaggingly, adverb

Word Origin for nag

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

nag

2
/ (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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