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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.

  1. to droop; hang loosely: His shoulders sagged.

  2. to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like: Our spirits began to sag.

  3. to decline, as in price: The stock market sagged today.

  4. Nautical.

    • (of a hull) to droop at the center or have excessive sheer because of structural weakness.: Compare hog (def. 14).

    • 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.

  1. a place where anything sags; depression.

  2. a moderate decline in prices.

  3. Nautical.

    • deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.

Origin of sag

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)

Other words for sag

Other words from sag

  • an·ti·sag, adjective
  • un·sag·ging, adjective

Other definitions for SAG (2 of 2)

[ sag ] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sag in a sentence

  • Then the charred fire-log sagged down into the ashes with a sad, puffing sigh.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • With a sigh like a tired child's he sagged into the waiting arms and was lowered to the ground.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
  • Nearly a dozen boys were crowded in the room and each of the two small beds sagged dangerously under the weight it held.

    Left Tackle Thayer | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • His body sagged and his head went back; but Deirdre was behind him; she rested his head on her knees.

    The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Their gray uniforms were worn and stained and many of the men sagged in their saddles with weariness.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for sag


/ (sæɡ) /

verbsags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)
  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

  1. to hang unevenly; droop

  2. (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 (def. 6), hogged

    • a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West

    • (as modifier): sag and swell topography

Origin of sag

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

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