sag

[sag]
verb (used without object), sagged, sagging.
1.
to sink or bend downward by weight or pressure, especially in the middle: The roof sags.
2.
to hang down unevenly; droop: Her skirt was sagging.
3.
to droop; hang loosely: His shoulders sagged.
4.
to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like: Our spirits began to sag.
5.
to decline, as in price: The stock market sagged today.
6.
Nautical.
a.
(of a hull) to droop at the center or have excessive sheer because of structural weakness. Compare hog ( def 14 ).
b.
to be driven to leeward; to make too much leeway.
verb (used with object), sagged, sagging.
7.
to cause to sag.
noun
8.
an act or instance of sagging.
9.
the degree of sagging.
10.
a place where anything sags; depression.
11.
a moderate decline in prices.
12.
Nautical.
a.
deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
b.
leeway ( def 3 ).

Origin:
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)

antisag, adjective
unsagging, adjective


4. weaken, flag, tire, weary.
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sag (sæɡ)
 
vb , sags, sagging, sagged
1.  (also tr) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressure: the bed sags in the middle
2.  to fall in value: prices sagged to a new low
3.  to hang unevenly; droop
4.  (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
 
n
5.  the act or an instance of sagging: a sag in profits
6.  nautical hog Compare hogged the extent to which a vessel's keel sags at the centre
7.  a.  a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West
 b.  (as modifier): sag and swell topography
 
[C15: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish sacka, Dutch zakken, Norwegian dialect sakka to subside, Danish sakke to lag behind]

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Word Origin & History

sag
1392, possibly from a Scand. source related to O.N. sokkva "to sink," or from M.L.G. sacken "to sink" (as dregs in wine), from denasalized derivative of P.Gmc. base *senkwanan "to sink" (see sink). A general North Sea Gmc. word (cf. Du. zakken, Swed. sacka, Dan. sakke). The
noun is first recorded 1861.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SAG
  1. Sagittarius

  2. Screen Actors Guild

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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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