- 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.
- 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.
- deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
- leeway(def 3).
Origin of sag
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Examples from the Web for sagging
His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
They have one big problem: Republican midterm gains had more to do with a sagging Democrat brand than an attractive GOP platform.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
But most of the abandoned houses, with sagging roofs and drafty walls, are just there.Gary, Indiana Is a Serial Killer’s Playground
October 22, 2014
My friend cannot come to our house and sit his oft-photographed posterior on our sagging cushions.How to Guest Star in Your Own Life
May 10, 2014
For example, the ever-present complaints about sagging pants.A Killer's Racist Rants
February 6, 2014
His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.K
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.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
He seemed to himself to be sagging like an ice-cream in front of a fire.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
- (also tr) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressurethe bed sags in the middle
- to fall in valueprices sagged to a new low
- to hang unevenly; droop
- (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
Word Origin and History for sagging
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.