Nag vs Nab - What's the difference?

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As a noun nag

is a small horse; a pony or nag can be one who.

As a verb nag

is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.

As an initialism nab is

(banking).

nag

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) nagge'', cognate with Dutch ''negge

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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!
    Synonyms
    * (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
    Coordinate terms
    * (old useless horse) bum (racing )

    Etymology 2

    Probably from a (etyl) source; compare Swedish .

    Verb

    (nagg)
  • 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.
  • The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
  • Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
  • A nagging pain in his left knee
    A nagging north wind

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One who .
  • Anagrams

    * * * * ----

    nab

    English

    Etymology 1

    Verb

    (nabb)
  • To seize, arrest or take into custody a criminal or fugitive
  • To grab or snatch something
  • Synonyms
    * (To arrest a criminal or fugitive) nick, bust
    Derived terms
    * nabber * kidnap

    Etymology 2

    Compare knap, knop, knob.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The summit of an eminence.
  • (Halliwell)
  • The cock of a gunlock.
  • (Knight)
  • (locksmithing) The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot.
  • (Knight)