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

Related Words for sagging

wilt, slump, slide, sink, slip, dip, languish, decline, swag, flop, flap, bulge, lean, drop, curve, bow, bag, flag, settle, bend

Examples from the Web for sagging

Contemporary Examples of sagging

Historical Examples of sagging

  • His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • From one he drew belt and holster, sagging heavily with the pistol that filled it.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Fuller whispered to Morey out of the corner of his sagging mouth.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

  • It is strictly a tie intended to prevent the sagging of the tie beam, B, in the middle.

  • He seemed to himself to be sagging like an ice-cream in front of a fire.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for sagging


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 sagging



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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