WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
snag /snæg/USA pronunciation
n., v., snagged, snag•ging. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object]
- 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.
- to catch on a snag:snagging her clothing on the branches.
- to grab;
seize:The shortstop snagged a sharp line drive.
(snag),USA pronunciation n., v., snagged, snag•ging. n.
- a tree or part of a tree held fast in the bottom of a river, lake, etc., and forming an impediment or danger to navigation.
- a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off.
- any sharp or rough projection.
- a jagged hole, tear, pull, or run in a fabric, as caused by catching on a sharp projection.
- any obstacle or impediment.
- Dentistrya stump of a tooth or a projecting tooth;
- to run or catch up on a snag.
- to damage by so doing.
- to obstruct or impede, as a snag does:He snagged all my efforts.
- to grab;
seize:to snag the last piece of pie.
- to become entangled with some obstacle or hindrance.
- to become tangled:This line snags every time I cast.
- Nautical, Naval Terms(of a boat) to strike a snag.
- to form a snag.
- Old Norse snagi point, projection
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
snag /snæɡ/ n
vb (snags, snagging, snagged)
- a difficulty or disadvantage: the snag is that I have nothing suitable to wear
- a sharp protuberance, such as a tree stump
- a small loop or hole in a fabric caused by a sharp object
- chiefly US Canadian a tree stump in a riverbed that is dangerous to navigation
- US Canadian a standing dead tree, esp one used as a perch by an eagle
Etymology: 16th Century: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse snaghyrndr sharp-pointed, Norwegian snage spike, Icelandic snagi peg
- (transitive) to hinder or impede
- (transitive) to tear or catch (fabric)
- (intransitive) to develop a snag
- (intransitive) chiefly US Canadian (of a boat) to strike or be damaged by a snag
- (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to clear (a stretch of water) of snags
- (transitive) US to seize (an opportunity, benefit, etc)
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