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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English nagge, cognate with Dutch negge.

NounEdit

nag (plural nags)

  1. A small horse; a pony.
  2. An old useless horse.
    • 2011, James Ellroy, Clandestine, ISBN 1448108608, page 245:
      We used to lure the nags into the back of our truck with oats and sugar, then we'd drive back to town to this warehouse and inject the nags with small quantities of morphine I'd stolen.
  3. (obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
SynonymsEdit
Coordinate termsEdit
  • (old useless horse): bum (racing)
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Probably from a North Germanic source; compare Swedish nagga (to gnaw, grumble), Danish nage, Icelandic nagga (to complain).

VerbEdit

nag (third-person singular simple present nags, present participle nagging, simple past and past participle nagged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To continuously remind or complain to (someone) in an annoying way, often about insignificant or unnecessary matters.
    • 2006, Jerry Day, How to Raise Kids You Want to Keep, ISBN 1402219962:
      The room is never cleaned, so her mother nags and nags until she explodes with frustration and threatens to sell her to the lowest bidder.
  2. To bother with persistent thoughts or memories.
    • 2010, John David Wells, Diamonds of Affection and Other Stories, ISBN 1450266096, page 100:
      I guess it happens all the time in crime stories where the detective suddenly remembers a bit of conversation that nags him in some way, then for some inexplicable reason, it's just right there in front of you, like a sign pointing 'here!
    • 2010, John Goldingay, Key Questions about Christian Faith: Old Testament Answers, ISBN 0801039541:
      Sometimes I write because there is a question that nags at me, sometimes because there is a question that nags at other people.
    • 2013, Ra Page, ‎L.E. Yates, ‎ & Ann Winter, Parenthesis: A New Generation in Short Fiction:
      You are sleeping on your side in the bed in your flat, heavily embroiled in a dream which sucks and nags at you and makes no sense; an old primary school teacher is there and a cat you have to take to a supermarket; you are in a canoe.
    The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
  3. To bother or disturb persistently in any way.
    • 1999, Tim Parks, Adultery and Other Diversions, ISBN 1559704705:
      But at night, around the uncertain edge of dreams, and when the wind nags, there are few whom an odd sound will not thrill
    • 2013, Tina Egnoski, Perishables, ISBN 1480425915:
      When a breeze comes up and nags the surface, it sparkles like a gemstone.
    • 2014, James Lane Allen, The Last Christmas Tree: An Idyl of Immortality, ISBN 1776530772, page 8:
      We are well accustomed as we look out upon Nature at close range to see great creatures harrassed by little creatures. The lot of each big one seems to be in the keeping of some little one, which never quits it, nags it, stings it, wears it out, drives it desperate, makes life somewhat a burden to it and death somewhat a relief.
    a nagging pain in his left knee
    a nagging north wind
SynonymsEdit
  • (continually remind or complain): ride
  • (bother with thoughts or memories): haunt
  • (persistently bother or annoy): worry
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

nag (plural nags)

  1. Someone or something that nags.
    • 2011, M.C. Beaton -, Death of a Nag, ISBN 1780332122:
      'That fellow is a nag.' 'Aye, the worst kind,' agreed Hamish, and then smiled, and at that smile, Miss Gunnery thawed even more.
    • 2014, Louise Hathaway, Nags, Sluts, and A Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City, ISBN 1310361118:
      When we see Wolfe struggling with many depictions of woman characters throughout the novel (the earlier ones being nags and white trash), we greatly admire the development of this living tribute to Aline Bernstein, a woman whom he ends up despising in his later life.
    • 2015 -, Dwight McNeill, Using Person-Centered Health Analytics to Live Longer, ISBN 0133890147:
      But, pchA has to produce more than awareness, always-on alerts/nags, or edu-tainment.
  2. A repeated complaint or reminder.
    • 2011, Mike Bryant & ‎Peter Mabbutt, Hypnotherapy For Dummies, ISBN 1119996724:
      And finally the biggest thank you of all to my partner Steven Winston for your love, enthusiasm, encouragement, support, humour, nags, and glasses of wine.
    • 2015, Steve Brookstein, Getting Over the X, ISBN 1784628530, page 58:
      I turned it on Eileen and threw in a couple of my normal nags about her driving.
    • 2016, Suzie Hayman & ‎John Coleman, Parents and Digital Technology: How to Raise the Connected Generation, ISBN 1317391985:
      A girl who expects her mother to nag her about her untidy bedroom will hear that message, even though the mother may want to talk about something quite different, so a loving invitiation to go shopping that started "When you've finished in your bedroom this morning. . ." might result in the child screaming, storming out and slamming the door because she expected this to be a nag about the state of the room and didn't let you finish with “ . . . shall we go to the shopping centre?”.
  3. A persistent, bothersome thought or worry
    • 2009, James Swift, How I Survived Three Years at a Two-Year Community College, ISBN 1440183260:
      During my lengthy aerobic strolls (which more or less served as a tool of meditation), that thought about “college” became a persistent nag.
    • 2014, Graham Allcott, How to be a Productivity Ninja, ISBN 1848316844:
      There are two ways to get rid of our nags. We can either use Ninja decision-making to turn them quickly into actions, stored in our second brain to be revisited when we have some time. Or we can simply just capture and collect the nag, knowing that our systems will ensure we return to it later.
    • 2016, Sarah Lowndes, The DIY Movement in Art, Music and Publishing, ISBN 131755566X:
      That feeling turned into a very persistent nag.

SynonymsEdit

  • (person who nags): For semantic relationships of this term, see shrew in the Thesaurus.
TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • nag” at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • nag in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch nacht (night), from Middle Dutch nacht, from Old Dutch naht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts, from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts.

NounEdit

nag (plural nagte)

  1. The period between sunset and sunrise, when the sky is dark; night.
  2. (countable) darkness.

ColánEdit

NounEdit

nag

  1. moon

DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nag n (singular definite naget, not used in plural form)

  1. grudge

VerbEdit

nag

  1. imperative of nage

GaikundiEdit

NounEdit

nag

  1. sago

Further readingEdit


GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

nag

  1. Imperative singular of nagen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of nagen.

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

nag

  1. rafsi of narge.

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *nagъ, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nogʷós (naked).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nȃg (definite nȃgī, Cyrillic spelling на̑г)

  1. naked

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SloveneEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *nagъ, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nogʷós (naked).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nág (not comparable)

  1. naked

DeclensionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

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WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

nag

  1. not (in answers and tag questions)

Usage notesEdit

Used before a vowel, but not when that vowel has resulted from the soft mutation of g. Thus na + gallan becomes na allan, not *nag allan.

Alternative formsEdit

  • na (used before a consonant)

WolofEdit

NounEdit

nag (definite form nag wi)

  1. cow, cattle