- The definition of a snag is something sharp that sticks out or a loop of thread that pokes out of a knitted garment.
- An example of a snag is a sharp piece of wood sticking out from a cabinet.
- An example of a snag is a pulled thread in a sweater.
- To snag is defined as to break, destroy or tear by getting caught on something.
An example of to snag is for a shirt to get caught on a nail and rip.
- 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
- A rough, sharp, or jagged protuberance, as:a. A dead or partly dead tree that is still standing.b. A tree or a part of a tree that is sunken in or protrudes above a body of water and is a danger to navigation.c. A snaggletooth.d. A short or imperfectly developed branch of a deer's antler.
- A break, pull, or tear in fabric.
- An unforeseen or hidden obstacle or difficulty: Our plans for the party have hit a snag.
verbsnagged, snag·ging, snags
- To tear, break, hinder, or destroy by or as if by a snag: snagged a stocking on a splinter.
- Informal To catch or obtain quickly or unexpectedly: snagged a ground ball; snagged a bargain.
- To free of snags: snagged the river.
- To catch (a fish), especially by hooking in a place other than its mouth.
Origin of snagOf Scandinavian origin
- A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance.
- Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.
- A tooth projecting beyond the rest; a broken or decayed tooth.
- A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.
- (figuratively) A problem or difficulty with something.
- A pulled thread or yarn, as in cloth.
- One of the secondary branches of an antler.
(third-person singular simple present snags, present participle snagging, simple past and past participle snagged)
- To catch or tear (e.g. fabric) upon a rough surface or projection.
- Be careful not to snag your stockings on that concrete bench!
- (fishing) To fish by means of dragging a large hook or hooks on a line, intending to impale the body (rather than the mouth) of the target.
- We snagged for spoonbill from the eastern shore of the Mississippi river.
- (slang) To obtain or pick up (something).
- Ella snagged a bottle of water from the fridge before leaving for her jog.
- (UK, dialect) To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.
From Old Norse snagi (“clothes peg").
- (Australia, informal, colloquial) A sausage. [From 1941.]
- A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).