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nag

verb \ ˈnag \

Definition of nag

nagged; nagging
1 : to irritate by constant scolding or urging
2 : badger, worry
1 : to find fault incessantly : complain
2 : to be a persistent source of annoyance or distraction

nagger

noun

nagging

adjective

naggingly

play \ˈna-giŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of nag in a Sentence

  1. Mom's always nagging me about my hair.

  2. All you ever do is nag.

  3. My parents are always nagging me to clean my room.

  4. He kept nagging her until she agreed to see the movie.

  5. Quit nagging! I already said I'm not going.

Origin and Etymology of nag

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse nagga to moan, complain

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nag

noun

Definition of nag

: one who nags habitually

First Known Use of nag

1925

in the meaning defined above

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nag

noun

Definition of nag

: horse; especially : one that is old or in poor condition

Origin and Etymology of nag

Middle English nagge; akin to Dutch negge small horse


NAG Defined for English Language Learners

nag

Definition of nag for English Language Learners

  • : to annoy (someone) by often complaining about his or her behavior, appearance, etc.

  • : to annoy (someone) with repeated questions, requests, or orders

  • : to cause (someone) to feel annoyed or worried for a long period of time


NAG Defined for Kids

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nag

verb \ ˈnag \

Definition of nag for Students

nagged; nagging
1 : to annoy by repeated complaining, scolding, or urging
  • Mom nagged me to finish my homework.
2 : to annoy continually or again and again
  • … Mrs. Frisby could not quite get rid of a nagging worry …
  • —Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH

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nag

noun

Definition of nag for Students

: an old and usually worn-out horse


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