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verb (used without object), sagged, sag·ging.
  1. to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure, especially in the middle: The roof sags.
  2. to hang down unevenly; droop: Her skirt was sagging.
  3. to droop; hang loosely: His shoulders sagged.
  4. to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like: Our spirits began to sag.
  5. to decline, as in price: The stock market sagged today.
  6. Nautical.
    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, sag·ging.
  1. to cause to sag.
noun
  1. an act or instance of sagging.
  2. the degree of sagging.
  3. a place where anything sags; depression.
  4. a moderate decline in prices.
  5. Nautical.
    1. deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
    2. leeway(def 3).

Origin of sag

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 formsan·ti·sag, adjectiveun·sag·ging, adjective

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4. weaken, flag, tire, weary.
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  • His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • From one he drew belt and holster, sagging heavily with the pistol that filled it.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Fuller whispered to Morey out of the corner of his sagging mouth.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

  • It is strictly a tie intended to prevent the sagging of the tie beam, B, in the middle.

  • He seemed to himself to be sagging like an ice-cream in front of a fire.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for sagging

sag

verb sags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)
  1. (also tr) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressurethe bed sags in the middle
  2. to fall in valueprices sagged to a new low
  3. to hang unevenly; droop
  4. (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
noun
  1. the act or an instance of sagginga sag in profits
  2. nautical the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centreCompare hog (def. 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
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Word Origin and History for sagging

sag

v.

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.

sag

n.

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

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