from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To annoy by constant scolding, complaining, or urging.
- transitive v. To torment persistently, as with anxiety or pain.
- intransitive v. To scold, complain, or find fault constantly: nagging at the children.
- intransitive v. To be a constant source of anxiety or annoyance: The half-remembered quotation nagged at my mind.
- n. One who nags.
- n. A horse, especially:
- n. An old or worn-out horse.
- n. Slang A racehorse.
- n. Archaic A small saddle horse or pony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small horse; a pony.
- n. An old useless horse.
- v. To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
- v. To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
- v. To bother with persistent memories.
- v. Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- n. One who nags.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small horse; a pony; hence, any horse, especially one that is of inferior breeding or useless.
- n. A paramour; -- in contempt.
- v. To tease in a petty way; to scold habitually; to annoy; to fret pertinaciously.
- n. A person who nags, especially habitually; called also nagger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To nick; chip; slit.
- To irritate or annoy with continued scolding, petty faultfinding, or urging; pester with continual complaints; torment; worry.
- To scold pertinaciously; find fault constantly.
- n. A nick; a notch.
- n. A horse, especially a poor or small horse.
- n. A worthless person; as applied to a woman, a jade.
- n. A wooden ball used in the game of shinty or hockey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remind or urge constantly
- n. someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
- n. an old or over-worked horse
- v. bother persistently with trivial complaints
- v. worry persistently
Cathy Gildiner -- the nag from the other side of the lake,
I had nine messages I needed to reply to, and six messages I need to print. 13 messages remained in my inbox that required action of some sort, which is a number I can live with and a realistic number of tasks to have in a short-term nag list.
Gee, and so far in my story, the main nag is the guy saying, “why can’t we call the cavalry to ride in?”
And if she continued to scream like a banshee into his ear—well, maybe that was partly in revenge for being called a nag.
Sad thing about this is, that even in this day and age, there are people who can read and who probably watch the news now and then who will fall for this old nag, which is even older than the Nigerian Scam aka the 419 con.
Thus far he had made do with the hard-mouthed bay that Hakim had called a nag, and an evil-tempered pack mule that pretended every shadow was a lion waiting to pounce and kept up a constant braying that strongly tempted Sabin to cut its wretched throat.
She would have been called a nag years ago, though that was politically incorrect, he knew.
He exhibited what was known as the nag's head Swell in St. Magnus '
This Smiley had an animal which the boys called the nag of the quarter of hour, but solely for pleasantry, you comprehend, because, well understand, she was more fast as that!
My nag was a fine one, and very soon the space was lessened between me and the chase.