Nag vs Banter - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between nag and banter
is that nag
is a small horse; a pony or nag
can be one who while banter
is good-humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
As verbs the difference between nag and banter
is that nag
is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters while banter
is to engage in banter or playful conversation.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(etyl) nagge'', cognate with Dutch ''negge
A small horse; a pony.
An old useless horse.
(obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
* 1598 , , III. x. 11:
- Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt – Whom leprosy o'ertake!
* (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
* (old useless horse) bum (racing )
Probably from a (etyl) source; compare Swedish .
To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
To bother with persistent memories.
Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
- A nagging pain in his left knee
- A nagging north wind
Good-humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
- It seemed like I'd have to listen to her playful banter for hours.
To engage in banter or playful conversation.
To play or do something amusing.
To tease (someone) mildly.
* Washington Irving
* Charlotte Brontë
- Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on my haggard looks the next day.
To joke about; to ridicule (a trait, habit, etc.).
- Mr. Sweeting was bantered about his stature—he was a little man, a mere boy in height and breadth compared with the athletic Malone
To delude or trick; to play a prank upon.
* Daniel De Foe
- If they banter' your regularity, order, and love of study, ' banter in return their neglect of them.
(transitive, US, Southern and Western, colloquial) To challenge to a match.
- We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain.
* (tease) kid, wind up