nag 1 (năg)
v. nagged, nag·ging, nags
1. To annoy by constant scolding, complaining, or urging.
2. To torment persistently, as with anxiety or pain.
1. To scold, complain, or find fault constantly: nagging at the children.
2. To be a constant source of anxiety or annoyance: The half-remembered quotation nagged at my mind.
One who nags.
[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse gnaga, to bite, gnaw.]
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