verb (used with object), dragged, drag·ging.
verb (used without object), dragged, drag·ging.
- a designed increase of draft toward the stern of a vessel.
- resistance to the movement of a hull through the water.
- any of a number of weights dragged cumulatively by a vessel sliding down ways to check its speed.
- any object dragged in the water, as a sea anchor.
- any device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover or detect objects.
- the scent left by a fox or other animal.
- something, as aniseed, dragged over the ground to leave an artificial scent.
- Also called drag hunt. a hunt, especially a fox hunt, in which the hounds follow an artificial scent.
- a brake on a fishing reel.
- the sideways pull on a fishline, as caused by a crosscurrent.
Origin of drag
Examples from the Web for drag
Is this your first time dressing in drag, or have you ever had an Ed Wood moment?Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What it did do was drag him down, as though my shot had dropped him into the dunk tank at the state fair.
The media will be full of stories in the next few days about whether Obama will drag Hillary Clinton down for 2016.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout|Michael Tomasky|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same group sent out literature which featured a photoshopped image of DeMaio next to a man dressed in drag.No Shaking Sexual Harassment Allegations for Gay GOP House Hopeful|Olivia Nuzzi|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These non-attitudes, or baseless opinions, can drag the data away from a position of reliability or usefulness.
Then he threshed his legs, where two of the creatures clung, trying to drag him down again.
They had met and defeated a slimy, vicious enemy that had done its best to drag them down, and their spirits lifted accordingly.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
A movement and my legs might fall off the limb and drag me downward.The Rifle Rangers|Captain Mayne Reid
Annabel loved to drag my poor master in flowery chains before his relative.Lazarre|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Mr. Bradley, meeting them half way, literally had to drag them back.Billie Bradley at Three Towers Hall|Janet D. Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for drag
verb drags, dragging or dragged
- women's clothes worn by a man, usually by a transvestite (esp in the phrase in drag)
- (as modifier)a drag club; drag show
- clothes collectively
Word Origin for drag
Word Origin and History for drag (1 of 2)
mid-15c., from Old Norse draga, or a dialectal variant of Old English dragan "to draw," both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dragan "to draw, pull," from PIE root *dhragh- "to draw, drag on the ground" (cf. Sanskrit dhrajati "pulls, slides in," Russian drogi "wagon;" but not considered to be directly the source of Latin trahere).
Meaning "to take a puff" (of a cigarette, etc.) is from 1914. Related: Dragged; dragging. Drag-out "violent fight" is from c.1859. To drag (one's) feet (1946, in figurative sense) supposedly is from logging, from a lazy way to use a two-man saw.
Word Origin and History for drag (1 of 2)
c.1300, "dragnet," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish dragg "grapnel") or from Old English dræge "dragnet," related to dragan "to draw" (see drag (v.)).
Sense of "annoying, boring person or thing" is 1813, perhaps from the notion of something that must be dragged as an impediment. Sense of "women's clothing worn by a man" is said to be 1870 theater slang, from the sensation of long skirts trailing on the floor (another guess is Yiddish trogn "to wear," from German tragen); drag queen is from 1941.
Drag racing (1947), is said to be from thieves' slang drag "automobile" (1935), perhaps ultimately from slang sense of "wagon, buggy" (1755), because a horse would drag it. By 1851 this was transferred to "street," as in the phrase main drag (which some propose as the source of the racing sense).
In addition to the time trials there are a number of "drag races" between two or more cars. They are run, not for record, but to satisfy the desire of most Americans to see who can get from here to there in the fastest time. ["Popular Mechanics," January 1947]
Science definitions for drag
Idioms and Phrases with drag
In addition to the idioms beginning with drag
- drag in
- drag on
- drag one's ass
- drag one's feet
- drag queen
- a drag
- in drag
- look like something the cat dragged in
- main drag
- wild horses wouldn't drag me