Definition of nagging in English:

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nagging

Pronunciation: /ˈnæɡɪŋ/

adjective

1(Of a person) constantly harassing someone to do something: jokes about nagging wives and tyrannous mothers-in-law
More example sentences
  • He said his nagging wife drove him to do it.
  • It is also deeply flawed by the lack of development of Charlotte's character - she is portrayed simply as a nagging harridan on the periphery of the story.
  • They can be there for a few days without the nagging spouse dragging them inexorably back to Monday morning.
2Persistently painful or worrying: a nagging pain only a handful of nagging doubts remained
More example sentences
  • I joined the team last year for the first time, despite a prolonged nagging illness.
  • For simple difficulties, a quick word of advice is often just the thing to solve a nagging problem.
  • The program ought to be required viewing for American schoolchildren - the next generation facing the nagging problems of race.

Derivatives

naggingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, mom's heart may not be beating, but she's still with them, naggingly offering irritating guilt trips from beyond the grave.
  • Even so, they are tunes that naggingly sit in your brain: teasingly elusive and impossible to pin down immediately.
  • Not a great opera, perhaps, but nevertheless a very interesting one, its disturbing theme clinging naggingly to the conscience in a way than more sumptuous fare rarely does.

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Syllabification: nag·ging

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