nagging


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nag 1

 (năg)
v. nagged, nag·ging, nags
v.tr.
1. To annoy by constant scolding, complaining, or urging.
2. To torment persistently, as with anxiety or pain.
v.intr.
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.
n.
One who nags.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse gnaga, to bite, gnaw.]

nag′ger n.
nag′ging·ly adv.

nag 2

 (năg)
n.
1. A horse, especially:
a. An old or worn-out horse.
b. Slang A racehorse.
2. Archaic A small saddle horse or pony.

[Middle English nagge, possibly of Low German origin.]

nagging

(ˈnæɡɪŋ)
adj
discomforting; worrying; nigglingscolding; complaining
n
constant scolding or complaining
ˈnaggingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nagging - continually complaining or faultfindingnagging - continually complaining or faultfinding; "a shrewish wife"; "nagging parents"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

nagging

adjective
1. persistent, continual, niggling, repeated, constant, endless, relentless, perpetual, never-ending, interminable, unrelenting, incessant, unremitting He complained about a nagging pain between his shoulders.
2. scolding, complaining, critical, sharp-tongued, shrewish He tried to ignore the screaming, nagging voice of his wife.
Quotations
"Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths" [Edith Summerskill speech to the Married Women's Association]

nagging

adjective
Marked by, causing, or experiencing physical pain:
Translations
دائِم الشَّكْوى والتَّذَمُّر
obtížnýtrvale nepříjemný
sem veldur sífelldum óòægindum
neprestávajúci
rahat vermeyen

nagging

[ˈnægɪŋ]
A. ADJ [person] → gruñón; [pain, doubt, fear] → persistente; [conscience] → intranquilo
B. Nquejas fpl, críticas fpl

nagging

[ˈnægɪŋ]
adj
[doubt, suspicion] → persistant(e)
to have a nagging doubt that → avoir comme le pressentiment que
I have a nagging doubt that it is all going to go horribly wrong → J'ai comme le pressentiment que tout cela va horriblement mal tourner.
to have a nagging suspicion that → avoir comme le sentiment que
I have a nagging suspicion that one of the wheels has a puncture → J'ai comme le sentiment que l'un des pneus est crevé.
[pain, headache] → tenace
He complained of a nagging pain between his shoulder blades → Il se plaignait d'une douleur tenace entre les omoplates.
n (= complaining) → réflexions fpl
Her endless nagging drove him away from home → Ses réflexions continuelles l'ont fait partir de chez lui.

nagging

adj
wife, voicemeckernd (inf), → nörglerisch; (= pestering)ewig drängend
paindumpf; worry, doubtquälend; questionbrennend; feardrückend
n (= fault-finding)Meckern nt (inf), → Nörgelei f; (= pestering)ewiges Drängen

nagging

[ˈnægɪŋ]
1. adj (person) → brontolone/a; (pain) → insistente, persistente; (doubt, fear) → tormentoso/a, angoscioso/a
2. nbrontolii mpl, osservazioni fpl continue

nag

(nӕg) past tense, past participle nagged verb
(often with at) to complain or criticize continually. She nags (at) her husband about their lack of money.
ˈnagging adjective
continuously troublesome. a nagging worry/pain.

nagging

adj (pain) persistente
References in classic literature ?
persisted the old gentleman, with nagging determination, as if he were cross-questioning a criminal in a court of justice.
Wilson winced under this nagging and not very courteous chaff, and the twins suffered with him and for him.
But they must go nagging at me at every step- 'Sancho said it, Sancho did it, Sancho here, Sancho there,' as if Sancho was nobody at all, and not that same Sancho Panza that's now going all over the world in books, so Samson Carrasco told me, and he's at any rate one that's a bachelor of Salamanca; and people of that sort can't lie, except when the whim seizes them or they have some very good reason for it.
Mademoiselle Cormon, like all persons nervously agitated by a fixed idea, became hard to please, and nagging, less by nature than from the need of employing her activity.
Why, the Scotch tunes are just like a scolding, nagging woman," Bartle went on, without deigning to notice Mr.
She had a wholesome horror of being one of those women who nagged; and she felt that to complain again would amount to nagging.
I should have abandoned the facts and made her a nagging, tiresome woman, or else a bigoted one with no sympathy for the claims of the spirit.
LIZA [drinking in his emotion like nectar, and nagging him to provoke a further supply] Stop, please.
You'd find I was no hand at nagging and fault-finding.
He extracted great happiness from squelching her, and she squelched easily these days, though it had been different in the first years of their married life, before the brood of children and his incessant nagging had sapped her energy.
I sometimes think she'd have more of an influence for good, as you say yourself, if she didn't keep nagging people to do right.
The resulting tangle was even worse, but Buck took good care to keep the traces clear thereafter; and ere the day was done, so well had he mastered his work, his mates about ceased nagging him.