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[sag] /sæg/
verb (used without object), sagged, sagging.
to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure, especially in the middle:
The roof sags.
to hang down unevenly; droop:
Her skirt was sagging.
to droop; hang loosely:
His shoulders sagged.
to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like:
Our spirits began to sag.
to decline, as in price:
The stock market sagged today.
  1. (of a hull) to droop at the center or have excessive sheer because of structural weakness.
    Compare hog (def 14).
  2. to be driven to leeward; to make too much leeway.
verb (used with object), sagged, sagging.
to cause to sag.
an act or instance of sagging.
the degree of sagging.
a place where anything sags; depression.
a moderate decline in prices.
  1. deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
  2. leeway (def 3).
Origin of sag
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English saggen (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian sagga to move slowly (akin to Low German sacken to sink, Norwegian, Danish sakke, Swedish sacka, Icelandic sakka to slow up, fall behind)
Related forms
antisag, adjective
unsagging, adjective
4. weaken, flag, tire, weary. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This did not arouse the sleeper, so he added force to his hand, at which the other sagged forward limply.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • The clouds were leaden and sagged with the weight of snow about to fall.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • A circle of men stood and stared at the wreck of a table, across which sagged the body of a man killed with his own gun.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He sagged at the knees and slid to the floor beside the other guard.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The chair, whispering, sagged and yielded as if to the pressure of some light, sweet burden.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The afternoon sun sagged so low it stared into grandma's blue.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • She was dressed now in a limp black of many rusty ruffles that sagged close to her and glistened in spots through its rust.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for sagged


verb (mainly intransitive) sags, sagging, sagged
(also transitive) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressure: the bed sags in the middle
to fall in value: prices sagged to a new low
to hang unevenly; droop
(of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
the act or an instance of sagging: a sag in profits
(nautical) the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centre Compare hog (sense 6), hogged
  1. a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West
  2. (as modifier): sag and swell topography
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish sacka, Dutch zakken, Norwegian dialect sakka to subside, Danish sakke to lag behind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sagged



late 14c., possibly from a Scandinavian source related to Old Norse sokkva "to sink," or from Middle Low German sacken "to settle, sink" (as dregs in wine), from denasalized derivative of Proto-Germanic base *senkwanan "to sink" (see sink (v.)). A general North Sea Germanic word (cf. Dutch zakken, Swedish sacka, Danish sakke). Of body parts from 1560s; of clothes from 1590s. Related: Sagged; sagging.



1580s, in nautical use, from sag (v.). From 1727 of landforms; 1861 of wires, cables, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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