[ neg-ing ]
/ ˈnɛg ɪŋ /
the act of insulting someone or something with a backhanded compliment or with qualified approval, especially as a ploy to lower the self-esteem of a person or cheapen an object before showing romantic interest or making an offer: I will not tolerate gaslighting, negging, or other mind games in my love life.
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Origin of negging
First recorded in 1995–2000; gerund of neg (in the sense “to give negative feedback”)
Words nearby negging
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