• WordNet 3.6
    • v nag remind or urge constantly "she nagged to take a vacation"
    • v nag bother persistently with trivial complaints "She nags her husband all day long"
    • v nag worry persistently "nagging concerns and doubts"
    • n nag an old or over-worked horse
    • n nag someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Nags Headm North Carolina you can be fined for singing out of tune for more than ninety seconds.
    • Nag A paramour; -- in contempt.
    • Nag A small horse; a pony; hence, any horse, especially one that is of inferior breeding or useless.
    • v. t. & i Nag To tease in a petty way; to scold habitually; to annoy; to fret pertinaciously. "She never nagged ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nag To nick; chip; slit.
    • nag To irritate or annoy with continued scolding, petty faultfinding, or urging; pester with continual complaints; torment; worry.
    • nag To scold pertinaciously; find fault constantly.
    • n nag A nick; a notch.
    • n nag A horse, especially a poor or small horse.
    • n nag A worthless person; as applied to a woman, a jade.
    • n nag A wooden ball used in the game of shinty or hockey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nag nag a horse, but particularly a small one—(Scot.) Naig:
    • v.t Nag nag to worry or annoy continually: to tease or vex: to find fault with constantly
    • pr.p Nag nag′ging; pa.p. nagged
    • n Nag nag (Shak.) a jade.
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  • Edith Summerskill
    Edith Summerskill
    “Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.”
  • Gough Whitlam
    Gough Whitlam
    “The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. nagga, to nibble, peck, Dan. nage, to gnaw, Icel. naga, gnaga, G. nagen, & E. gnaw,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. nagge—Mid. Dut. negge, negghe (mod. Dut. negge); cf. Neigh.


In literature:

We got upon one, Mr. Tener driving a spirited nag, and taking on the seat with him a loaded carbine-rifle.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
With the despatch in my pocket I could not delay, so I took my nag and rode back along the fence.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
She never could have gone on as she did if she'd been nagged at all the time for money.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
He had supposed that Breede would of course nag him as the other two had.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
I drew rein at the door, and dismounted my weary nag.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
Let me have a cut of your venison and a feed for my horse, and I shall be at my Lord's headquarters as soon as the nag can carry me there.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Next came Stanley, the stupid, surreptitiously nagging at the flashy black he rode.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
When we'd finished, one of the hunters rounded up the horses and we caught our nags and saddled them.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
I have got a good nag who is as gentle as a lamb.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Because he had just seen you being carried like the wind out of town on a bolting nag.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson

In poetry:

However much I nag
However much I beg
It will not let me take
One single thing away:
"Requiem" by Anna Akhmatova
Turn for turn and twist for twist—
(Run and hide thee, Nag.)
Hah! The hooded Death has missed!
( Woe betide thee, Nag!)
"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling
Daarbuite spook die wind weer hard;
Die vensters skudde: wat 'n nag!
Ou Amsterdam, ou Amsterdam,
Jy het nog oor my siel gesag!
"In Amsterdam" by Christian Frederik Louis Leipoldt
Tho' she may nag and scold you,
And drive you mad at first,
Let this bright thought uphold you;
The first twelve years are worst.
"Inured" by C J Dennis
But now the picture house he shuns;
His week becomes one weary drag;
For, 'mid the crash of "he-men's" guns,
Even the female shadows nag!
"A Haven Marred" by C J Dennis
The nags were faint—the snow was deep—
And up the hills they scarce could creep—
When, suddenly, three men cried out,
"Stop! stop that hack; turn quick about!
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

On September 20 Bishop V Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest in the Episcopal Church, will be NAGLY's keynote speaker.
We answer these nagging airfare questions.
Outer Banks Golf Association The 18th hole at Nags Head in North Carolina 's Outer Banks.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, nagged by overruns and delays, may solve a few mysteries – and pose many more – when it restarts on Feb 15 and ramps up to unprecedented levels of speed.
1 in the NFL in total defense just a couple of weeks ago — the ability to make stops on third down has been a nagging problem.
INTERVIEWS The-Dream and Casha Nag Each Other in Downer 'Used to Be' Video.
NAGS® numbers*: At press time, a number had not yet been assigned.
The current Windows firewall is a joke, basically nagging you into allowing all programs to run, while still requiring weekly security "patching" to fix an old and teetering OS security model.
In six weeks, Mr Bordley says, he lost 25 pounds and his nagging back pain vanished.
Spies in the cab to nag you about your driving.
Junior calls injury 'nagging,' anticipates return in 2014.
That can mean not having the time to take care of those nagging little repairs or home improvement projects.
Take their 1930 short "Hog Wild," in which portly Mr Hardy 's nagging wife has forced him to put up a radio antenna on the couple's rooftop, even though he literally can't find the hat on top of his head.
I know I have, and I was so grateful when Henderson native Ruby Spencer Powell answered that nagging question for me.
Rain offers Rafael Nadal rest from nagging injuries , prospect of long weekend at US Open.

In science:

By comparison with some other invariants – for example, complete local structure, maximal subgroups, and Schur multiplier – the structure of Aut(G) is relatively easy to settle, except for some nagging cases where one proves that |Out(G)| ≤ 2 but equality is a computational challenge.
Automorphism groups of sporadic groups
Given a C ∗ -algebra A, let us denote by gen(A) the minimal number of self-adjoint generators for A, and set gen(A) = ∞ if A is not finitely generated, see [Nag].
The generator rank for C*-algebras
More worrying is the nagging problem as to whether bulk motions occur on even larger scales.
Nearby Large-Scale Structures and the Zone of Avoidance: A Conference Summary and Assessment
This work was supported by NSF and the fundamental physics program at NASA (NAG-8-1760).
Superfluidity of Dense $^4$He in Vycor
Acknowledgments A.E.B. gratefully acknowledges the support of an ITC Fellowship from Harvard College Observatory. A. L. was supported in part by NASA grants NAG 5-1329 and NNG05GH54G and by the Clark/Cooke fund of Harvard University.
Testing General Relativity with High-Resolution Imaging of Sgr A*