Nag vs Beg - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between nag and beg
is that nag
is a small horse; a pony or nag
can be one who while beg
As a verb nag
is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
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
From (etyl) (m), assimilation from (etyl) *.
to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
to plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
- He begged on the street corner from passers-by.
- I beg your pardon. I didn't mean to cause offence.
- He begged her to go to the prom with him .
* Bible, Matthew xxvii. 58
- I do beg your good will in this case.
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 5
- [Joseph] begged the body of Jesus.
to assume, in the phrase (beg the question)
(proscribed) to raise a question, in the phrase (beg the question)
(legal, obsolete) To ask to be appointed guardian for, or to ask to have a guardian appointed for.
- But that same day came Sam Tewkesbury to the Why Not? about nightfall, and begged a glass of rum, being, as he said, 'all of a shake'
- Else some will beg thee, in the court of wards.
* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See
* (raise a question)
* beg the question
* go begging
* beg to differ
From (etyl) (m).
a provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey