nag

When you ask for something over and over AND over again, you are nagging. If you nag your parents long enough, they'll either give in and get you a puppy, or simply refuse any pets at all — not even a goldfish.

When you nag someone, you complain and pester them. Your teacher might nag you about a late assignment, or you might nag your friend to give you back the sweater he borrowed. A thought or worry can also nag you, simply by staying in your thoughts. The word nag meant "gnaw" before the 1820s, from a Scandinavian root.

Definitions of nag
  1. verb
    bother persistently with trivial complaints
    “She nags her husband all day long”
    synonyms: hen-peck, peck
    see moresee less
    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  2. verb
    remind or urge constantly
    “she nagged to take a vacation”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    remind
    put in the mind of someone
  3. verb
    worry persistently
    nagging concerns and doubts”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    vex, worry
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
  4. noun
    someone who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    synonyms: common scold, nagger, scold, scolder
    see moresee less
    types:
    harridan
    a scolding (even vicious) old woman
    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  5. noun
    an old or overworked horse
    synonyms: hack, jade, plug
    see moresee less
    type of:
    Equus caballus, horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
Word Family