- continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent.
- persistently recurring; unrelenting: a nagging backache.
Origin of nagging
- 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.
- 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.
- Also nagger. a person who nags, especially habitually.
- an act or instance of nagging.
Origin of nag1
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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
- a person, esp a woman, who nags
- often derogatory a horse
- a small riding horse
Word Origin and History for nagging
"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.