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If say one party has agreed to paint a shed and is now getting nagged by the nagger to do it. Is there a term better than "nagger"?

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I'd call such a person a tenacious pest, a broken record, or a pit-bull nag. – user21497 Feb 26 '13 at 17:16
It's certainly understandable why you're looking for an alternative term: – The English Chicken Feb 26 '13 at 17:42
@TheEnglishChicken LOL. That's certainly something to keep in mind. – Kit Sunde Feb 26 '13 at 18:58
One who nags is a "nag". – Hot Licks Apr 13 at 2:23
If it's a woman who is "overbearing", you could call her a termagant.… – Brian Hitchcock Apr 13 at 6:33

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Fishwife could be relevant if the context is right...

A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive

Or just a nag (rather than a nagger.)

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Noun scold (“A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman”) also is relevant. (Note, wiktionary tags it as obsolete.)

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"needler", "nettler", "harrasser", and my favorite, "haranguer" (from harangue) in this context:

verb [with object] lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner, "he harangued the public on their ignorance"

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Interestingly, many terms for "one who nags" (including fishwife and scold, nominated above) apply solely or primarily to a woman—a phenomenon that I can't say does our language proud. Other terms of this type include hen (whence hen-pecked), shrew, termagant, harridan, harpy, and (a Yiddish term) klippeh. Given their sex bias, I would advise against using any of them.

Fortunately, Yiddish also offers three excellent and more-or-less gender-neutral terms: kvetcher, nudnik, and noodge, the last of which I use regularly. If you're limited to plain English, I second the previous suggestions of nag and pest.

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The bare stem "nag" can be used on its own to refer to someone who nags: "You're such a nag!"

Merriam Webster online gives it as their third definition of the word:

one who nags habitually

"Nag" as a noun can also refer to an old or unhealthy/low-quality horse, but it is unlikely the two usages would be confused in context.

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