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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [nag-ing]
    • /ˈnæg ɪŋ/
    • /ˈnæɡ.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nag-ing]
    • /ˈnæg ɪŋ/

Definitions of nagging word

  • adjective nagging continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent. 1
  • adjective nagging persistently recurring; unrelenting: a nagging backache. 1
  • verb with object nagging to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands. 1
  • verb with object nagging 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 nagging 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 nagging to cause pain, discomfort, distress, depression, etc. (often followed by at): This headache has been nagging at me all day. 1

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Origin of nagging

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40; nag1 + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Nagging


nagging popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

nagging usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for nagging

adj nagging

  • troublesome — causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious: a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
  • grievous — causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news.
  • terrible — distressing; severe: a terrible winter.
  • inflamed — to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).
  • severe — harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.

adjective nagging

  • irritating — causing irritation; annoying; provoking: irritating questions.
  • niggling — petty; trivial; inconsequential: to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology.
  • irksome — annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome: irksome restrictions.
  • pesky — annoyingly troublesome; pesty: bothered by a pesky fly.
  • harassing — to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute.

noun nagging

  • excruciation — Some excruciating pain.
  • torment — to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain: to be tormented with violent headaches.

Antonyms for nagging

adj nagging

  • helpful — giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service: Your comments were very helpful.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • easy — not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort: a book that is easy to read; an easy victory.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
  • good — Graph-Oriented Object Database

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