Berate vs Nag - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between berate and nag
is that berate
is to chide or scold vehemently while nag
is to repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
As a noun nag is
a small horse; a pony or nag
can be one who.
To chide or scold vehemently.
* 1896 , , Seats Of The Mighty , ch. 13:
* 1914 , , The Gods of Mars , ch. 21:
- Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
* 1917 , , Jerry of the Islands , ch. 14:
- A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn into such a trap as I might have known these pits easily could be.
* 2008 , Alex Perry, "
- Lenerengo, as usual, forgot everything else in the fiercer pleasure of berating her spouse.
The Man Who Would Be (Congo's) King," Time , 27 Nov.:
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
- During the rally, he berates the crowd for their cowardice.
- France were supposedly a team in pieces, beaten by Tonga just a week ago and with coach Marc Lievremont publicly berating his players, but so clear-cut was their victory that much of the atmosphere had been sucked from the contest long before the end.
* See also
(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