- 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 sag
And the series was implausibly shut out by both the Golden Globe and SAG Awards.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
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!”‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, on Her Big Premiere Episode ‘Two Swords’
April 7, 2014
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.
Leto remedied the situation with his SAG speech, and remedied it beautifully.
All one has to do is to stop thinking and sag, or stop thinking and slash.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
The bubble was holding, but the morale of the crew was beginning to sag.The Sky Trap
Frank Belknap Long
I can see the sag of their tired shoulders against the whitewashed wall.My Antonia
It bent, swayed, gave with her, letting her sag to a larger limb below.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
I've got on a pair of Wee Watts' now, and they sag something awful.Blue Bonnet in Boston
Caroline E. Jacobs
- (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 sag
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.