(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
In a direction away from the speaker or object.
, title=(The Celebrity
, passage=No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or
Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
* Used in many , off'' is an adverbial particle often mistakenly thought of as a preposition. (It ''can be used as a preposition, but such usage is rare and usually informal; see below.)
* away, out
* on, in
* back off
* bite off
* break off
* bring off
* call off
* clean off
* cut off, cutoff
* die off
* drop off
* fall off
* fuck off
* get off
* go off
* goof off
* hold off
* keep off
* kick off, kickoff
* knock off
* lay off, layoff
* leave off
* let off
* light off
* live off
* make off
* make off with
* nod off
* pay off, payoff
* piss off
* pull off
* put off
* ring off
* rip off, ripoff
* round off
* run off, runoff
* see off
* set off
* show off, showoff
* sleep off
* shake off
* switch off
* take off
* tell off
* tick off
* turn off, turnoff
* walk it off
* wear off
:All the lights are off .
:This milk is off !
(cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
:sales are off this quarter
Circumstanced (as in well off'', ''better off'', ''poorly off ).
Started on the way.
:off to see the wizard
:And they're off ! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
Far; off to the side.
:the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
*:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
*1937 , (Zora Neale Hurston), Their Eyes Were Watching God , Harper Perennial (2000), p.151:
*:He came in, took a look and squinched down into a chair in an off corner and didn’t open his mouth.
Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.
:He took an off''' day for fishing. an '''off''' year in politics; the '''off season
* (inoperative) on
* (rotten) fresh
* (cricket) on, leg
* off to the races
(Used to indicate movement away from a position on)
(colloquial) Out of the possession of.
- I took it off''' the table.''; ''Come '''off the roof!
Away from or not on.
- He didn't buy it off''' him. He stole it '''off him.
Disconnected or subtracted from.
- He's off''' the computer, but he's still on the phone.''; ''Keep '''off the grass.
- We've been off''' the grid for three days now.''; ''He took 20% '''off the list price.
No longer wanting or taking.
- We're just off''' the main road.''; ''The island is 23 miles ' off the cape.
- He's been off''' his feed since Tuesday.''; ''He's '''off his meds again.
- Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972
- samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000
- I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off .
* off one's feed
(slang) To kill.
(Singapore) To switch off.
- He got in the way so I had him offed .
- Can you off the light?
* off-licence, off-license, offie, offy