There are 2 definitions of nag in English:

nag1

Syllabification: nag

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 late
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    harass, badger, give someone a hard time, hound, harry, criticize, carp, find fault with, keep on at, grumble at, go on at; henpeck
    informal hassle, get on someone's case, ride
    shrewish, complaining, grumbling, fault-finding, scolding, carping, criticizing
  • 1.1Be persistently painful, troublesome, or worrying to: [no object]: something nagged at the back of his mind
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    persistent, continuous, niggling, unrelenting, unremitting, unabating

noun

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  • 1A person who nags someone.
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    • Women put up with it because we don't want to be perceived as nags or, worse still, incompetent.
    • What I am getting at is, what if this person was a nag or very critical?
    Synonyms
    shrew, harpy, termagant, harridan
    archaic scold
  • 1.1A persistent feeling of anxiety: he felt once again that little nag of doubt
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    • It's a persistent nag, an ever-present question mark.

Derivatives

nagger

noun
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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.

naggy

adjective
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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.

Origin

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'.

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There are 2 definitions of nag in English:

nag2

Syllabification: nag

noun

informal , often • derogatory
  • 1A horse, especially one that is old or in poor health.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    worn-out horse, old horse, hack
    informal plug
    archaic jade
  • 1.1 archaic A horse suitable for riding as opposed to a draft animal.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

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