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[sag] /sæg/
verb (used without object), sagged, sagging.
to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure, especially in the middle:
The roof sags.
to hang down unevenly; droop:
Her skirt was sagging.
to droop; hang loosely:
His shoulders sagged.
to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like:
Our spirits began to sag.
to decline, as in price:
The stock market sagged today.
  1. (of a hull) to droop at the center or have excessive sheer because of structural weakness.
    Compare hog (def 14).
  2. to be driven to leeward; to make too much leeway.
verb (used with object), sagged, sagging.
to cause to sag.
an act or instance of sagging.
the degree of sagging.
a place where anything sags; depression.
a moderate decline in prices.
  1. deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
  2. leeway (def 3).
Origin of sag
late Middle English
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 forms
antisag, adjective
unsagging, adjective
4. weaken, flag, tire, weary. Unabridged
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  • The company was troubled by management changes, a cash crunch and sagging demand for the robots.
  • He comes and leans against the bathroom door, sagging against it, but not pushing.
  • Her sagging posture and dull gaze echoed her despair.
  • Many are banking on companies using cash to buy back more of their own stock, which might lift sagging prices.
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  • Despite the city's new cachet, its true treasures still hide down dusty side streets and behind sagging storefronts.
  • It will end a miserable semester of electoral setbacks, sagging poll ratings and political squabbles.
  • But amid these sagging performances, television appears to be experiencing a resurgence in a surprising place: sports programming.
  • As in any downturn, tax revenues shrank but government spending increased to stimulate sagging economies.
  • It can detect human tampering, natural threats such as earthquakes or fires, and dangerous conditions such as sagging power lines.
British Dictionary definitions for sagging


verb (mainly intransitive) sags, sagging, sagged
(also transitive) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressure: the bed sags in the middle
to fall in value: prices sagged to a new low
to hang unevenly; droop
(of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
the act or an instance of sagging: a sag in profits
(nautical) the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centre Compare hog (sense 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
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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Related Abbreviations for sagging


  1. Sagittarius
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