verb (used without object), sagged, sag·ging.

  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.
    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, sag·ging.

  1. to cause to sag.


  1. an act or instance of sagging.
  2. the degree of sagging.
  3. a place where anything sags; depression.
  4. a moderate decline in prices.
  5. Nautical.
    1. deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
    2. leeway(def 3).

verb sags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)

  1. (also tr) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressurethe bed sags in the middle
  2. to fall in valueprices sagged to a new low
  3. to hang unevenly; droop
  4. (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag


  1. the act or an instance of sagginga sag in profits
  2. nautical the extent to which a vessel’s keel sags at the centreCompare hog (def. 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

v.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. n.1580s, in nautical use, from sag (v.). From 1727 of landforms; 1861 of wires, cables, etc.

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