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