WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
snag /snæg/USA pronunciation n., v., snagged, snag•ging.

n. [countable]
  • something that is sharp and sticks out.
  • a hole, tear, or run in a fabric, caused by catching on something that sticks out.
  • anything that gets in the way of progress:Our plans hit a snag when our best player broke her leg.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to catch on a snag:snagging her clothing on the branches.
  • to grab; seize:The shortstop snagged a sharp line drive.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    snag /snæɡ/ n
    1. a difficulty or disadvantage: the snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
    2. a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
    3. a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
    4. chiefly US Canadian a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
    5. US Canadian a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
    vb (snags, snagging, snagged)
    1. (transitive) to hinder or impede
    2. (transitive) to tear or catch (fabric)
    3. (intransitive) to develop a snag
    4. (intransitive) chiefly US Canadian (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
    5. (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
    6. (transitive) US to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
    Etymology: 16th Century: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snaghyrndr sharp-pointed, Norwegian snage spike, Icelandic snagi peg



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