- 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.
A boss nags his employee.
nag definition by Webster's New World
- to annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
- to keep troubling, worrying, etc.: nagged by a thought
Origin: ; from 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
- a horse that is worn-out, old, etc.
- Slang a racehorse, esp. an inferior one
Origin: Middle English nagge, akin to obsolete Dutch negghe ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nag definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb nagged nagged, nag·ging, nags verb, transitive
- 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: Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse gnaga, to bite, gnaw.
- nagˈger noun
- nagˈging·ly adverb
- A horse, especially:a. An old or worn-out horse.b. Slang A racehorse.
- Archaic A small saddle horse or pony.
Origin: Middle English nagge, possibly of Low German origin.