nag·​ging ˈna-giŋ How to pronounce nagging (audio)
: persistently annoying or finding fault with someone
a nagging husband/wife
: causing continual or recurring worry or anxiety
a nagging fear
This time, the worry is that the housing slowdown will curtail growth before the Federal Reserve gets nagging inflation concerns resolved.Scott Patterson
: causing continual or recurring pain or discomfort
He'd had a nagging headache all day.
a nagging injury
naggingly adverb
There has always been something naggingly sad about Bonds' career … Tim Keown
… something about the book feels naggingly familiar, as if you know how it will end before you start … Debra Pickett

Examples of nagging in a Sentence

I have this nagging feeling that something will still go wrong
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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nagging was in 1829

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“Nagging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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