nagging
adjective see nag II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Nagging — is a form of pestering, or otherwise reminding an individual of previously discussed dictates or advice, usually from a perspective of superiority. The word is derived from the Scandinavian nagga, which means to gnaw .[1] Contents 1 Social… …   Wikipedia

  • Nagging — Nag ging (n[a^]g g[i^]ng), a. Fault finding; teasing; persistently annoying; as, a nagging toothache. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nagging — index critical (faultfinding), petulant, querulous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • nagging — nag|ging [ˈnægıŋ] adj [only before noun] 1.) making you worry or feel pain slightly all the time nagging feeling/doubt/suspicion etc ▪ There was still a nagging doubt in the back of her mind. ▪ Lee had a nagging pain in her back. 2.) always… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nagging — adjective (only before noun) making you worry or feel pain all the time: nagging doubt/fear/feeling etc: It was a week before the wedding, and there was still the nagging doubt in the back of her mind. | nagging toothache/headache/pain etc: Lee… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nagging — nag|ging [ nægıŋ ] adjective only before noun 1. ) affecting you in an unpleasant way for a long time and difficult to get rid of: a nagging doubt/fear/pain a nagging injury/cough/headache 2. ) frequently asking or telling someone to do something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nagging — [[t]næ̱gɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A nagging pain is not very severe but is difficult to cure. → See also nag He complained of a nagging pain between his shoulder blades. ...nagging headaches …   English dictionary

  • nagging — UK [ˈnæɡɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] 1) affecting you in an unpleasant way for a long time and difficult to get rid of a nagging pain a nagging injury/cough/headache 2) a) frequently asking or telling someone to do something in a way… …   English dictionary

  • nagging — naggingness, n. /nag ing/, adj. 1. continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent. 2. persistently recurring; unrelenting: a nagging backache. [1830 40; NAG1 + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • nagging — adjective 1) his nagging wife Syn: shrewish, complaining, grumbling, fault finding, scolding, carping, criticizing 2) a nagging pain Syn: persistent, continuous, niggling, unrelenting …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • Nagging — Nag Nag, v. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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