nag·​ging | \ ˈna-giŋ How to pronounce nagging (audio) \

Definition of nagging

1 : persistently annoying or finding fault with someone a nagging husband/wife
2a : 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
b : causing continual or recurring pain or discomfort He'd had a nagging headache all day. a nagging injury

Other Words from nagging

naggingly \ ˈna-​giŋ-​lē How to pronounce nagging (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of nagging

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nagging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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