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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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.)


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.


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


"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"


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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