verb (used without object), sagged, sag·ging.
verb (used with object), sagged, sag·ging.
- deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
- leeway(def 3).
Origin of sag
Examples from the Web for sagging
His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They have one big problem: Republican midterm gains had more to do with a sagging Democrat brand than an attractive GOP platform.
But most of the abandoned houses, with sagging roofs and drafty walls, are just there.
My friend cannot come to our house and sit his oft-photographed posterior on our sagging cushions.
For example, the ever-present complaints about sagging pants.
And then he was up and running along the crazy, sagging wharf, his dog barking playfully at his heels.Caybigan|James Hopper
There was a row of stubby telephone poles with a sagging wire between them.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The first was of a woman, a poor being, sagging with overwork, a lamentable baby in her arms.The Spinner's Book of Fiction|Various
Leaning against the sagging rail she watched the Curlew draw alongside the float.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
The afternoon was late and already dark; sagging clouds had gathered, shutting out what was left of the daylight.
verb sags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)
Word Origin 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.