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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [nag]
    • /næg/
    • /næɡ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nag]
    • /næg/

Definitions of nag word

  • verb with object nag to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands. 1
  • verb with object nag to keep in a state of troubled awareness or anxiety, as a recurrent pain or problem: She had certain misgivings that nagged her. 1
  • verb without object nag to find fault or complain in an irritating, wearisome, or relentless manner (often followed by at): If they start nagging at each other, I'm going home. 1
  • verb without object nag to cause pain, discomfort, distress, depression, etc. (often followed by at): This headache has been nagging at me all day. 1
  • noun nag an old, inferior, or worthless horse. 1
  • noun nag Slang. any horse, especially a racehorse. 1

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Origin of nag

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
1815-25; < Old Norse nagga to rub, grumble, quarrel; akin to Middle Low German naggen to irritate. See gnaw

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Parts of speech for Nag


nag popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for nag

verb nag

  • annoy — If someone or something annoys you, it makes you fairly angry and impatient.
  • fuss — an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle: They made a fuss over the new baby.
  • tease — to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.
  • pester — to bother persistently with petty annoyances; trouble: Don't pester me with your trivial problems.
  • scold — to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.

noun nag

  • mustang — a small, hardy horse of the American plains, descended from Spanish stock.
  • steed — a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
  • excruciation — Some excruciating pain.
  • fishwife — a woman who sells fish.
  • badgerer — One who badgers.

Antonyms for nag

verb nag

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • soothe — to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.
  • delight — Delight is a feeling of very great pleasure.
  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.

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