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[nag-ing] /ˈnæg ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant:
a nagging parent.
2.
persistently recurring; unrelenting:
a nagging backache.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; nag1 + -ing2
Related forms
naggingness, noun
unnagging, adjective
unnaggingly, adverb

nag1

[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
1815-25; < 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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Examples for nagging
  • By day nine, one of the boys was forced to withdraw because of a nagging ankle injury.
  • So, our feathers have been ruffled lately by a nagging fear that one of our pullets is a rooster.
  • Most of this zone gets a nagging afternoon wind in summer.
  • Different approaches but with the same nagging feelings driving it.
  • In a synchronous discontinuous universe these nagging questions find natural explanations.
  • The final paragraph left a nagging question, however.
  • Being seen on television could cut against that nagging sense of devaluation.
  • Often he struggled with a sense of inadequacy, a nagging feeling that he had seldom written anything worthwhile.
  • His publishers were always nagging him for overdue manuscripts.
  • Consider one of the nagging environmental problems around the world: urban air quality.
British Dictionary definitions for nagging

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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Word Origin and History for nagging

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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Slang definitions & phrases for nagging

nag

noun

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

[1400+; origin unknown]


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Related Abbreviations for nagging

NAG

N-acetylglutamate
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