nag


nag
{{11}}nag (n.) "old horse," c.1400, nagge "small riding horse," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Du. negge, neg (but these are more recent than the English word), perhaps related in either case to onomatopoeic NEIGH (Cf. neigh). Term of abuse is a transferred sense, first recorded 1590s.
{{12}}nag (v.) "annoy by scolding," 1828, originally a dialectal word meaning "to gnaw" (1825), probably ultimately from a Scandinavian source (Cf. O.N. gnaga "to complain," lit. "to bite, gnaw," dialectal Swed. and Norw. nagga "to gnaw"), from P.Gmc. *gnagan, related to O.E. gnagan "to gnaw" (see GNAW (Cf. gnaw)). Related: Nagged; nagger; nagging.

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