- 1[intransitive, transitive] to keep complaining to somebody about their behaviour or keep asking them to do something synonym pester nag (at somebody) Stop nagging—I'll do it as soon as I can. nag somebody (to do something) She had been nagging him to paint the fence.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to worry or irritate you continuously nag at somebody A feeling of unease nagged at her. nag somebody Doubts nagged me all evening. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Originverb early 19th cent. (originally dialect in the sense ‘gnaw’): perhaps of Scandinavian or Low German origin; compare with Norwegian and Swedish nagga
BrE BrE//næɡ//; NAmE NAmE//næɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nag
BrE BrE//næɡ//; NAmE NAmE//næɡ//he / she / it nags
BrE BrE//næɡz//; NAmE NAmE//næɡz//past simple nagged
BrE BrE//næɡd//; NAmE NAmE//næɡd//past participle nagged
BrE BrE//næɡd//; NAmE NAmE//næɡd//-ing form nagging
BrE BrE//ˈnæɡɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæɡɪŋ//