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[ sag ]

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.

    Synonyms: weary, tire, flag, weaken

  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.


  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.



[ sag ]


/ sæɡ /


  1. also tr to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressure

    the bed sags in the middle

  2. to fall in value

    prices sagged to a new low

  3. to hang unevenly; droop
  4. (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag


  1. the act or an instance of sagging

    a sag in profits

  2. nautical the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centre Compare hog hogged
    1. a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West
    2. ( as modifier )

      sag and swell topography

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Other Words From

  • anti·sag adjective
  • un·sagging adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sag1

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)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sag1

C15: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish sacka, Dutch zakken, Norwegian dialect sakka to subside, Danish sakke to lag behind

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Example Sentences

And the series was implausibly shut out by both the Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

What happens when the legs go, the arm tires, the eyes fade, the lungs sag?

I did get to meet Emma Thompson during the audition and I saw her recently at the SAG Awards and she said, “Oh, hello you!”

In fact, of all the precursor awards, the SAG is probably the best indicator of the eventual Oscar winner.

Every SAG Best Actor winner has gone to win the Oscar stretching back to 2003.

Misagàsà ang sag-ub nga natumba sa batu, The bamboo container went crack when it fell on the stones.

Ikay nagsalsag sa sag-ub, You broke the bamboo tube water container into slivers.

It would persistently sag down in spots, and each of these spots became a reservoir from which would descend an icy stream.

This would sag downwards under its own weight in a fine curve till the tip rested on the snow beneath.

Dorn Hackett sat moodily upon his low bed in a little cell of Sag Harbor jail.