To swing from side to side, especially of an animal's tail
* Bible, Jer. xviii. 16
- No discerner durst wag his tongue in censure.
(UK, Australia, slang) To play truant from school.
* 1848 , Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, xxii
- Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
* 1901 , William Sylvester Walker, In the Blood, i. 13
- "My misfortunes all began in wagging,'' Sir; but what could I do, exceptin' ''wag''?" "Excepting what?" said Mr. Carker. "''Wag,'' Sir. ''Wagging'' from school." "Do you mean pretending to go there, and not going?" said Mr. Carker. "Yes, Sir, that's ''wagging, Sir."
(obsolete) To be in action or motion; to move; to get along; to progress; to stir.
- They had "wagged it" from school, as they termed it, which..meant truancy in all its forms.
(obsolete) To go; to depart.
- "Thus we may see," quoth he, "how the world wags ."
- I will provoke him to 't, or let him wag .
* (to not go to school) play the wag; hop the wag; wag it
* to finger-wag
* waggle (frequentative)
An oscillating movement.
A witty person.
- The wag of my dog's tail expresses happiness.
* The Oxford English Dictionary, (1989) Accessed 23 Feb. 2006.
* Jonathon Green, "wag," The Cassell Dictionary of Slang, (1998) p. 1257.
(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