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Definition of nag verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nag

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Originverb early 19th cent. (originally dialect in the sense ‘gnaw’): perhaps of Scandinavian or Low German origin; compare with Norwegian and Swedish nagga ‘gnaw, irritate’ and Low German (g)naggen ‘provoke’.Extra examples For weeks his father had been nagging away at him to get a job. She constantly nagged her daughter about getting married. She had been nagging at him to have his hair cut. The children kept nagging her to take them to the zoo. The pain came back and nagged at him. He nagged me until I wrote the letter and posted it off. He’s always nagging at her for wearing too much make-up. I do wish you’d stop nagging on about the garden. Mum’s always nagging me about studying. She had been nagging him to mend the gate. Stop nagging—I’ll do it as soon as I can.
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