- 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 sagged
Moreover, his support also has sagged among Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, and all other non-white segments of the electorate.Racism? No, Obama’s Own Incompetence Is Hurting His Campaign
July 27, 2012
They see him as having eclipsed Newt Gingrich, whose fortunes have sagged since his brief, shining moment in South Carolina.Romney Losing His Mojo After Caucus, Primary Losses to Santorum
February 9, 2012
He'd beaten her with it three times over the summer, when her performance had sagged below his standards.Danger Stalks Lucas Davenport
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May 11, 2009
The drifting boat lurched and sagged and turned her beam to the seas.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
He hiccoughed resoundingly, and sagged back loosely in his chair.Captain Blood
She sagged in over the coast and came right on home, smoking like a torch.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
The corners of his mouth were sagged, and his complexion made you think of cheese pie.Shorty McCabe
Then, in a little, he sagged forward, and his eyes went dull and abject.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- (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 sagged
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.