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Webster 1913 Edition


Nag

Nag

(năg)
,
Noun.
[OE.
nagge
, D.
negge
; akin to E.
neigh
.]
1.
A small horse; a pony; hence, any horse, especially one that is of inferior breeding or useless.
2.
A paramour; – in contempt.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Nag

,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Nagged
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Nagging
.]
[Cf. Sw.
nagga
to nibble, peck, Dan.
nage
to gnaw, Icel.
naga
,
gnaga
, G.
nagen
, & E.
gnaw
.]
To tease in a petty way; to scold habitually; to annoy; to fret pertinaciously.
[Colloq.]
“She never
nagged
.”
J. Ingelow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Nag

NAG

,
Noun.
1.
A small horse; a horse in general, or rather a sprightly horse.
2.
A paramour; in contempt.

Definition 2019


nag

nag

See also: nǡǵ

English

Noun

nag (plural nags)

  1. A small horse; a pony.
  2. An old useless horse.
  3. (obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
Synonyms
Translations
Coordinate terms
  • (old useless horse): bum (racing)

Etymology 2

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

Verb

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

  1. To continuously remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant or unnecessary matters.
  2. To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
  3. To bother with persistent memories.
    The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
  4. Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
    A nagging pain in his left knee
    A nagging north wind
Synonyms
  • (bother with memories): haunt
Translations

Noun

nag (plural nags)

  1. One who nags.

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Etymology

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

Noun

nag (plural nagte)

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

Colán

Noun

nag

  1. moon

Danish

Noun

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

  1. grudge

Verb

nag

  1. imperative of nage

German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aːk

Verb

nag

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

Lojban

Rafsi

nag

  1. rafsi of narge.

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /nâːɡ/

Adjective

nȃg (definite nȃgī, Cyrillic spelling на̑г)

  1. naked

Declension

Synonyms

Derived terms

  • nágōst

Slovene

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈnáːk/
  • Tonal orthography: nȃg

Adjective

nág (not comparable)

  1. naked

Declension

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

Synonyms

  • gòl (more formal)

Derived terms

  • nágost

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [naɡ]

Particle

nag

  1. not (in answers and tag questions)

Usage notes

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 forms

  • na (used before a consonant)