(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
(etyl) hagge, hegge 'demon, old woman', shortening of (etyl) '', ).
[1987, E. C. Polomé, R. Bergmann (editor), "Althochdeutsch ''hag(a)zussa'' 'Hexe': Versuch einer neuen Etymologie", ''Althochdeutsch 2 (Wörter und Namen. Forschungsgeschichte) ], pages 1107-1112.
A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; a wizard.
* (rfdate) Golding
(pejorative) An ugly old woman.
A fury; a she-monster.
- [Silenus] that old hag .
A hagfish; an eel-like marine marsipobranch, , allied to the lamprey, with a suctorial mouth, labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings.
A hagdon or shearwater.
An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.
The fruit of the hagberry, Prunus padus .
* (witch or sorceress)
* (ugly old woman) See also
* (fury or she-monster)
* (eel-like marine marsipobranch) borer, hagfish, sleepmarken, slime eel, sucker
* (hagdon or shearwater)
* (appearance of light and fire on mane or hair)
* (fruit of the hagberry)
* fag hag
To harass; to weary with vexation.
- How are superstitious men hagged out of their wits with the fancy of omens.
Scots ; compare English hack.
A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or enclosed for felling, or which has been felled.
A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.
- This said, he led me over hoults and hags ; / Through thorns and bushes scant my legs I drew.