- The definition of a sag is an act of drooping, bending or sinking, or a sunken place.
An example of a sag is a huge depression in the ground.
- Sag is defined as to drop down, droop or hang down unevenly.
An example of sag is for the middle of a bed to start caving in.
intransitive verbsagged, sag′ging
- to sink, bend, or curve, esp. in the middle, from weight or pressure
- to hang down unevenly or loosely
- to lose firmness, strength, or intensity; weaken through weariness, age, etc.; droop: sagging spirits
- to decline in price, value, sales, etc.
- Naut. to drift: to sag to leeward
Origin of sagMiddle English saggen, probably from Scand, akin to Swedish sacka, Norwegian dialect, dialectal sakka, sagga from Indo-European base an unverified form sengw-, to sink
- the act or an instance of sagging
- the degree or amount of sagging
- a place of sagging; sunken or depressed place
verbsagged, sag·ging, sags
- To sink, droop, or settle from pressure or weight.
- To lose vigor, firmness, or resilience: My spirits sagged after I had been rejected for the job.
- To decline, as in value or price: Stock prices sagged after a short rally.
- Nautical To drift to leeward.
- To wear one's pants with the waist below the hips, so that one's underwear is visible.
- a. The act or an instance of sagging.b. The degree or extent to which something sags.
- a. A sagging or drooping part or area: tried to brush out the paint sags.b. A sunken area of land; a depression.
- A sagging area; a depression.
- A decline, as in monetary value.
- Nautical A drift to leeward.
Origin of sagMiddle English saggen probably of Scandinavian origin Swedish sacka to sink
(third-person singular simple present sags, present participle sagging, simple past and past participle sagged)
- To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane; as, a line or cable supported by its ends sags, though tightly drawn; the floor of a room sags; hence, to lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position; as, a building may sag one way or another; a door sags on its hinges.
- (figuratively) To lose firmness, elasticity, vigor, or a thriving state; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced.
- To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
- To cause to bend or give way; to load.
- (informal) To wear one's trousers so that their top is well below the waist.
From late Middle English saggen, probably of Scandinavian/Old Norse origin (compare Norwegian sagga (“move slowly")); probably akin to Danish and Norwegian sakke, Swedish sacka, Icelandic sakka, Old Norse sokkva. Cf. also Low German sacken, Dutch zakken.
- Alternative form of saag.
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