- a piece, part, or point that sticks out, esp. one that is sharp or rough, as the broken end of a tree limb
- an underwater tree stump or branch dangerous to navigation
- a broken or irregular tooth
- a small branch of an antler
- a break or tear, as in cloth, made by a splinter, snag, etc.
- a pulled thread in knitted material, causing a loop at the point where it is caught
- an unexpected or hidden obstacle, difficulty, etc.
Origin of snagfrom Scand, as in Old Norse snagi, wooden peg, Norwegian snage, sharp point, projection, akin to German schnake
transitive verbsnagged, snag′ging
- to catch, tear, etc. on a snag
- to impede with or as with a snag
- to catch or grab quickly
- to become caught or impeded by a sharp projection, a difficulty, etc.
- to strike or become caught on a snag in water
- to form or develop a snag