verb (nags, nagging, nagged)[with object]
- 1Annoy or irritate (a person) with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging: she constantly nags her daughter about getting married [with infinitive]: she nagged him to do the housework [no object]: he’s always nagging at her for staying out lateMore example sentences
- I'm a formerly skinny guy who has put on quite a bit of weight after my girlfriend nagged me constantly to do so.
- We extend a welcome to all you women who constantly nag your husbands to complete those unfinished jobs, now is your chance to learn the skills yourself.
- He keeps telling me I need to exercise and he nags me about it constantly, also commenting on what I should eat and ways to fight nausea.
- 1.1Be persistently painful, troublesome, or worrying to: [no object]: something nagged at the back of his mindMore example sentences
- She hears it every day, niggling and nagging in the back of her mind, reminding her that she failed.
- The only faint worry still nagging at the back of his mind was about his dream.
- But there are nagging doubts about just how durable this recovery really is.
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- 1.1A persistent feeling of anxiety: he felt once again that little nag of doubtMore example sentences
- It's a persistent nag, an ever-present question mark.
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- There are plenty of knockers and naggers over there.
- Jessica's parents never seemed relaxed because they were constant worriers and even worse naggers.
- Consider telling someone who is not a nagger or blamer.
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- The local men are also allowed to drench naggy or annoying women with cold water - ‘to chase the evil spirits away’.
- ‘Geez, you sound like a naggy annoying married couple,’ Julia commented.
- You might worry that you sound naggy / girly, but arguably, you have no idea how he would hear such things.
early 19th century (originally dialect in the sense 'gnaw'): perhaps of Scandinavian or Low German origin; compare with Norwegian and Swedish nagga 'gnaw, irritate' and Low German (g)naggen 'provoke'.
noun• informal , often • derogatory
- 1A horse, especially one that is old or in poor health.More example sentences
worn-out horse, old horse, hack• informal plug• archaic jade
- He'd come all the way on a poor nag who should have been retired to the pastures a long time ago.
- I'll never forget the look on her face the first time she sat on the old nag!
- They weren't exactly a friendly group - they had hard, cold eyes, and those that rode on horses had only nags.
Middle English: of unknown origin.