verb (used with object), plagued, pla·guing.
- plague vaccine,
- plague, the,
- plagues of egypt,
Origin of plague
Examples from the Web for plaguing
By 1910, when Broussard introduced his bill, the flowers had been plaguing his state for at least a decade.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos|Jon Mooallem|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This should put a quick end to the delays and cancellations that have been plaguing the country's airports since last weekend.
We can cobble together a good guess as to what is plaguing Edwards with the few details we have been given.John Edwards Doctor's Notes Push Back Trial: Is He Really Sick?|Kent Sepkowitz|January 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This is the question that has been plaguing me since the release of my book.
But the group is uneasy: bad intel, mysterious deaths, and trust issues are plaguing them.
A social ceremony invented by the devil for the gratification of his servants and the plaguing of his enemies.The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
Now you see what manner of life is mine: I must go to a plaguing council!'The Fifth Queen|Ford Madox Ford
I was ever on at him—plaguing—plaguing him to spare me for the time.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
He greeted me courteously; I answered with a snarl, deeming him come to pursue the plaguing from which I had fled.The Shame of Motley|Raphael Sabatini
I noticed the Indians plaguing and laughing at her; she looked very serious.
verb plagues, plaguing or plagued (tr)
Word Origin for plague
late 14c., plage, "affliction, calamity, evil, scourge;" early 15c., "malignant disease," from Old French plage (14c.), from Late Latin plaga, used in Vulgate for "pestilence," from Latin plaga "stroke, wound," probably from root of plangere "to strike, lament (by beating the breast)," from or cognate with Greek (Doric) plaga "blow," from PIE *plak- (2) "to strike, to hit" (cf. Greek plazein "to drive away," plessein "to beat, strike;" Old English flocan "to strike, beat;" Gothic flokan "to bewail;" German fluchen, Old Frisian floka "to curse").
The Latin word also is the source of Old Irish plag (genitive plaige) "plague, pestilence," German Plage, Dutch plaage. Meaning "epidemic that causes many deaths" is from 1540s; specifically in reference to bubonic plague from c.1600. Modern spelling follows French, which had plague from 15c. Weakened sense of "anything annoying" is from c.1600.
late 15c., from Middle Dutch plaghen, from plaghe (n.) "plague" (see plague (n.)). Sense of "bother, annoy" it is first recorded 1590s. Related: Plagued; plaguing.
see avoid like the plague.