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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

nag

1 verb
     
nag1 past tense and past participle nagged, present participle nagging [intransitive and transitive]
1 to keep asking someone to do something, or to keep complaining to someone about their behaviour, in an annoying way [↪ pester]:
I wish you'd stop nagging!
nag somebody to do something
Nadia's been nagging me to fix the lamp.
nag somebody about something
She keeps nagging me about my weight.
nag at
He's always nagging at Paula for wearing too much makeup.
2 to make someone feel continuously worried or uncomfortable
nag at
a problem that had been nagging at him for days
One question still nagged me.
WORD FOCUS: ask WORD FOCUS: ask
request to officially ask for something
consult
to ask someone for advice
demand
to ask for something very forcefully
nag
/pester to keep asking for something many times, in an annoying way
beg
/plead to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much
question
/interrogate to ask someone questions - used especially about the police or the army
grill
informal to ask someone a lot of difficult questions
cross-examine
to ask someone questions in court - used about lawyers
poll
to ask a lot of people for their opinion about something


See also
ask

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