Origin of dragging
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
Synonyms for drag
Related Words for draggingboring, protracted, dull, long, prolonged, humdrum, lengthy, tedious, wearisome, drawn-out, overlong
Examples from the Web for dragging
Contemporary Examples of dragging
Even on the day the wall fell, the East Germans were dragging their feet.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall
November 9, 2014
They say The Guardian has been dragging its feet on the pursuit of NSA-related stories while keeping the Times on a short leash.Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?
October 14, 2014
The EU needs another Greece or Portugal dragging down the euro like the EU needs another bureaucrat in Brussels.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster
P. J. O’Rourke
September 13, 2014
The driver responded by hitting Singh with his truck and dragging him for 30 feet.New York’s Sikhs Need Their Own Al Sharpton
August 8, 2014
They beat the activists, dragging bloodied bodies through the snow and herding women and children into armored vans.The Belarus Free Theatre’s Badass Dissident Artists Get the HBO Treatment
July 7, 2014
Historical Examples of dragging
With a desperate effort he cast himself into the water, dragging them with him.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Roughly the mechanician shook the man, dragging him to his feet.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
When going down hill, the work of dragging the Afang was easier.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
"Good night," he added, and walked to the door with dragging feet.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
He had chains about his neck and several devils were dragging him along.The Chinese Fairy Book
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
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.
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]
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