A boss nags his employee.
- The definition of a nag is a horse, particularly an old one or one in poor condition, or a person who constantly urges, annoys or scolds.
- An example of nag is a former racehorse which has had many injuries.
- An example of nag is a wife who constantly reminds her husband of the tasks he has to complete.
- Nag is defined as to constantly urge, annoy or scold.
- An example of nag is for a parent to constantly ask their son to clean his room.
- An example of nag is a constant pain.
transitive verbnagged, nag′ging
- to annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
- to keep troubling, worrying, etc.: nagged by a thought
Origin of nagfrom Scandinavian (as in Swedish nagga, obsolete Danish nagge, to nibble, gnaw, nag) from Old Norse gnaga: for Indo-European base see gnaw: for sense development see fret
- to urge, scold, find fault, etc. constantly
- to cause continual discomfort, pain, etc.: a nagging toothache
- Archaic a small saddle horse; pony
- Informal a horse that is worn-out, old, etc.
- Slang a racehorse, esp. an inferior one
Origin of nagMiddle English nagge, akin to obsolete Dutch negghe from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbnagged, nag·ging, nags
- To annoy by constant scolding, complaining, or urging.
- To torment persistently, as with anxiety or pain.
- To scold, complain, or find fault constantly: nagging at the children.
- To be a constant source of anxiety or annoyance: The half-remembered quotation nagged at my mind.
Origin of nagProbably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse gnaga to bite, gnaw
- A horse, especially:a. An old or worn-out horse.b. Slang A racehorse.
- Archaic A small saddle horse or pony.
Origin of nagMiddle English nagge possibly of Low German origin
- A small horse; a pony.
- An old useless horse.
Middle English nagge, cognate with Dutch negge
(third-person singular simple present nags, present participle nagging, simple past and past participle nagged)
- To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
- To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
- To bother with persistent memories.
- The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
- Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- A nagging pain in his left knee
- A nagging north wind
- One who nags.
Probably from a North Germanic source; compare Swedish nagga (“to gnaw, grumble"), Danish nage, Icelandic nagga (“to complain").