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[nag] /næg/
verb (used with object), nagged, nagging.
1.
to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.
2.
to keep in a state of troubled awareness or anxiety, as a recurrent pain or problem:
She had certain misgivings that nagged her.
verb (used without object), nagged, nagging.
3.
to find fault or complain in an irritating, wearisome, or relentless manner (often followed by at):
If they start nagging at each other, I'm going home.
4.
to cause pain, discomfort, distress, depression, etc. (often followed by at):
This headache has been nagging at me all day.
noun
5.
Also, nagger. a person who nags, especially habitually.
6.
an act or instance of nagging.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Old Norse nagga to rub, grumble, quarrel; akin to Middle Low German naggen to irritate. See gnaw
Related forms
unnagged, adjective
Synonyms
1. pester, harass, hector, irritate, vex.
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nag1

/næɡ/
verb nags, nagging, nagged
1.
to scold or annoy constantly
2.
when intr, often foll by at. to be a constant source of discomfort or worry (to): toothache nagged him all day
noun
3.
a person, esp a woman, who nags
Derived Forms
nagger, noun
naggingly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish nagga to gnaw, irritate, German nagen

nag2

/næɡ/
noun
1.
(often derogatory) a horse
2.
a small riding horse
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; related to neigh
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nag

v.

"annoy by scolding," 1828, originally a dialectal word meaning "to gnaw" (1825), probably ultimately from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gnaga "to complain," literally "to bite, gnaw," dialectal Swedish and Norwegian nagga "to gnaw"), from Proto-Germanic *gnagan, related to Old English gnagan "to gnaw" (see gnaw). Related: Nagged; nagger; nagging.

n.

"old horse," c.1400, nagge "small riding horse," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Dutch negge, neg (but these are more recent than the English word), perhaps related in either case to imitative neigh. Term of abuse is a transferred sense, first recorded 1590s.

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nag

noun

A horse, esp an old and worn-out racehorse: to make dough on the nags

[1400+; origin unknown]


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NAG

N-acetylglutamate
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