verb (used without object), sagged, sag·ging.

verb (used with object), sagged, sag·ging.

to cause to sag.


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)
Related formsan·ti·sag, adjectiveun·sag·ging, adjective

Synonyms for sag Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sagged

Contemporary Examples of sagged

Historical Examples of sagged

  • 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • She sagged in over the coast and came right on home, smoking like a torch.

  • The corners of his mouth were sagged, and his complexion made you think of cheese pie.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Then, in a little, he sagged forward, and his eyes went dull and abject.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for sagged


verb sags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)

(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


the act or an instance of sagginga sag in profits
nautical the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centreCompare hog (def. 6), hogged
  1. a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West
  2. (as modifier)sag and swell topography

Word Origin for sag

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

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