nagged

nag

1 [nag]
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:
1815–25; < Old Norse nagga to rub, grumble, quarrel; akin to Middle Low German naggen to irritate. See gnaw

unnagged, adjective


1. pester, harass, hector, irritate, vex.
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nag1 (næɡ)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by at) , nags, nagging, nagged
1.  to scold or annoy constantly
2.  to be a constant source of discomfort or worry (to): toothache nagged him all day
 
n
3.  a person, esp a woman, who nags
 
[C19: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish nagga to gnaw, irritate, German nagen]
 
'nagger1
 
n
 
'naggingly1
 
adv

nag2 (næɡ)
 
n
1.  derogatory often a horse
2.  a small riding horse
 
[C14: of Germanic origin; related to neigh]

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Word Origin & History

nag
"annoy by scolding," 1828, originally a dialectal word, probably ultimately from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. gnaga "to complain," lit. "to bite, gnaw," dial. Swed. and Norw. nagga "to gnaw") related to O.E. gnagan "to gnaw" (see gnaw).

nag
"old horse," c.1400, nagge "small riding horse," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Du. negge, neg (but these are more recent than the Eng. word). Term of abuse is a transferred sense, first recorded 1598.
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NAG
N-acetylglutamate
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