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NAG (nagged, nagging)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nag mean? 

NAG (noun)
  The noun NAG has 2 senses:

1. someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
2. an old or over-worked horse

  Familiarity information: NAG used as a noun is rare.


NAG (verb)
  The verb NAG has 3 senses:

1. bother persistently with trivial complaints
2. worry persistently
3. remind or urge constantly

  Familiarity information: NAG used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NAG (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

scolder; scold; nagger; nag; common scold

Hypernyms ("nag" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nag"):

harridan (a scolding (even vicious) old woman)


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Meaning:

An old or over-worked horse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

nag; jade; hack; plug

Hypernyms ("nag" is a kind of...):

Equus caballus; horse (solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times)


NAG (verb)


Sense 1nag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bother persistently with trivial complaints

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hen-peck; nag; peck

Context example:

She nags her husband all day long

Hypernyms (to "nag" is one way to...):

complain; kick; kvetch; plain; quetch; sound off (express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2nag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worry persistently

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

nagging concerns and doubts

Hypernyms (to "nag" is one way to...):

vex; worry (disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 3nag [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remind or urge constantly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

she nagged to take a vacation

Hypernyms (to "nag" is one way to...):

remind (put in the mind of someone)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They nag him to write the letter


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