Lingering vs Nagging - What's the difference?

lingering | nagging |

As verbs the difference between lingering and nagging

is that lingering is while nagging is .

As nouns the difference between lingering and nagging

is that lingering is an act of lingering or waiting while nagging is the action of the verb nag .

As an adjective nagging is

causing persistent mild pain, or annoyance.




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • An act of lingering or waiting.
  • * 2000 , David S. Reynolds, A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (page 73)
  • But through this insistent rhythm and rhyme, there are only questions and parenthetical pauses, interruptions and lingerings .
  • That which lingers; a remnant.
  • * (Washington Irving)
  • The lingerings of decent pride were visible in her appearance. Her dress, though humble in the extreme, was scrupulously clean.




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The action of the verb nag .
  • * 1998 , Norah Lillian Lewis, Dear editor and friends (page 127)
  • After breakfast it takes a stout heart and strong nerve to tackle the burden of dishwashing, separator, milk things, disorderly house, interspersed with quarrels, naggings , and interruptions of the children


    (en adjective)
  • Causing persistent mild pain, or annoyance.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Michael Riordan , title=Tackling Infinity , volume=100, issue=1, page=86 , magazine= citation , passage=Some of the most beautiful and thus appealing physical theories, including quantum electrodynamics and quantum gravity, have been dogged for decades by infinities that erupt when theorists try to prod their calculations into new domains. Getting rid of these nagging infinities has probably occupied far more effort than was spent in originating the theories.}}