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Synonyms of nag



  1. scold, harass, badger, pester, worry, harry, plague, hassle (informal), vex, berate, breathe down someone's neck, upbraid, chivvy, bend someone's ear (informal), be on your back (slang), henpeck • The more Sarah nagged her, the more stubborn Cissie became.
  2. worry, trouble, bother, bug (informal), haunt, annoy, plague, irritate, torment, hang over, niggle, weigh down, irk, gnaw at, weigh heavily on, rankle with, prey on your mind, cause anxiety to, lie heavily on • the anxiety that had nagged her all through lunch


  1. scold, complainer, carper, grumbler, virago, shrew, tartar, moaner, harpy, harridan, termagant, nagger, fault-finder • My husband calls me a nag if I complain about anything.



  1. (often derog.) horse (US), hack, jade, plug • a bedraggled knight riding a lame, flea-ridden old nag

'nag' in Other Languages

  • British English: nagPronunciation for nag If someone nags you, or if they nag, they keep asking you to do something you have not done yet or do not want to do.My girlfriend nagged me to cut my hair.The child learns that if they nag and moan loud enough they will get their own way.næɡ VERB
  • Arabic: يُزعِجُ إِزْعَاجَاً مُتَّصِلاًPronunciation for يُزعِجُ إِزْعَاجَاً مُتَّصِلاً
  • Brazilian Portuguese: apoquentarPronunciation for apoquentar
  • Chinese: 唠叨Pronunciation for 唠叨
  • Croatian: zanovijetatiPronunciation for zanovijetati
  • Czech: sekýrovatPronunciation for sekýrovat
  • Danish: plagePronunciation for plage
  • Dutch: zeurenPronunciation for zeuren
  • European Spanish: dar la lataPronunciation for dar la lata
  • Finnish: nalkuttaaPronunciation for nalkuttaa
  • French: tarabusterPronunciation for tarabuster
  • German: herumnörgelnPronunciation for herumnörgeln
  • Greek: γκρινιάζωPronunciation for γκρινιάζω
  • Italian: criticarePronunciation for criticare
  • Japanese: がみがみ小言を言うPronunciation for がみがみ小言を言う
  • Korean: 잔소리하다Pronunciation for 잔소리하다
  • Norwegian: masePronunciation for mase
  • Polish: gderaćPronunciation for gderać
  • Portuguese: chatearPronunciation for chatear
  • Romanian: a cicăli
  • Russian: придиратьсяPronunciation for придираться
  • Spanish: dar la lataPronunciation for dar la lata
  • Swedish: tjataPronunciation for tjata
  • Thai: จ้องจับผิดPronunciation for จ้องจับผิด
  • Turkish: dırdır etmekPronunciation for dırdır etmek
  • Ukrainian: чіплятися причепитися
  • Vietnamese: cằn nhằnPronunciation for cằn nhằn


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