verb (used without object), sagged, sag·ging.
- 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.
- (of a hull) to droop at the center or have excessive sheer because of structural weakness.Compare hog(def 14).
- to be driven to leeward; to make too much leeway.
verb (used with object), sagged, sag·ging.
- 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.
- deflection downward of a hull amidships, due to structural weakness.
- leeway(def 3).
verb sags, sagging or sagged (mainly intr)
- (also tr) to sink or cause to sink in parts, as under weight or pressurethe bed sags in the middle
- to fall in valueprices sagged to a new low
- to hang unevenly; droop
- (of courage, spirits, etc) to weaken; flag
- the act or an instance of sagginga sag in profits
- nautical the extent to which a vessel’s keel sags at the centreCompare hog (def. 6), hogged
- a marshy depression in an area of glacial till, chiefly in the US Middle West
- (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.