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noun \ˈdrag\

Simple Definition of drag

  • : someone or something that is boring, annoying, or disappointing

  • : someone or something that makes action or progress slower or more difficult

  • : the act of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drag

  1. 1 :  something used to drag with; especially :  a device for dragging under water to detect or obtain objects

  2. 2 :  something that is dragged, pulled, or drawn along or over a surface: as a :  harrow b :  a sledge for conveying heavy bodies c :  conveyance

  3. 3 a :  the act or an instance of dragging or drawing: as (1) :  a drawing along or over a surface with effort or pressure (2) :  motion effected with slowness or difficulty; also :  the condition of having or seeming to have such motion (3) :  a draw on a pipe, cigarette, or cigar; also :  a draft of liquid b :  a movement, inclination, or retardation caused by or as if by dragging c slang :  influence securing special favor :  pull

  4. 4 a :  something that retards motion, action, or advancement b (1) :  the retarding force acting on a body (as an airplane) moving through a fluid (as air) parallel and opposite to the direction of motion (2) :  friction between engine parts; also :  retardation due to friction c :  burden, encumbrance <the drag of population growth on living standards> d :  one that is boring or gets in the way of enjoyment <thinks studying is a drag> <this sickly kid is going to be a social drag — Edmund Morris>

  5. 5 a :  an object drawn over the ground to leave a scented trail b :  a clog fastened to a trap to prevent the escape of a trapped animal

  6. 6 :  street, road <the main drag>

  7. 7 a :  costume, outfit <in Victorian drag> b :  clothing typical of one sex worn by a person of the opposite sex —often used in the phrase in drag

  8. 8 :  drag race

Examples of drag in a sentence

  1. My parents can be such a drag. They won't let me do anything.

  2. These meetings are a total drag.

  3. Let me have a drag from your cigarette.

  4. He took a long drag on the cigarette.

Origin and Etymology of drag

Middle English dragge, probably from Middle Low German draggen grapnel; akin to Old English dragan to draw — more at draw

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of drag

  • : to pull (someone or something that is heavy or difficult to move)

  • : to move along the ground, floor, etc., while being pulled

  • : to cause (something) to move along the ground, floor, etc., by pulling it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of drag



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to draw slowly or heavily :  haul (2) :  to cause (as oneself) to move with slowness or difficulty <dragged myself up the stairs> (3) :  to cause to trail along a surface <wandered off dragging the leash> b (1) :  to bring by or as if by force or compulsion <had to drag her husband to the opera> (2) :  to extract by or as if by pulling c :  protract <drag a story out>

  3. 2 a :  to pass a drag over <drag a field> b :  to explore with a drag <drag a pond> c :  to catch with a dragnet

  4. 3 :  to hit (a drag bunt) while moving toward first base

  5. 4 :  to move (items on a computer screen) especially by means of a mouse

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to hang or lag behind

  8. 2 :  to fish or search with a drag

  9. 3 :  to trail along on the ground

  10. 4 a :  to move slowly because of fatigue <was dragging after the long trip> b :  to proceed or continue laboriously or tediously <the lawsuit dragged on for years>

  11. 5 :  draw 4a <drag on a cigarette>

  12. 6 :  to make a plucking or pulling movement

  13. 7 :  to participate in a drag race


play \ˈdra-giŋ-lē\ adverb

drag one's feet

less commonly

drag one's heels

  1. :  to act in a deliberately slow or dilatory manner

Examples of drag in a sentence

  1. She dragged one of the other tables over to ours.

  2. Firefighters dragged the man to safety.

  3. One of the parents eventually dragged the screaming toddler out of the store.

  4. The broken muffler dragged behind the car.

  5. The dog's leash was dragging along the ground.

  6. The child is always dragging his blanket.

  7. The puppy ran up to us, dragging her leash behind her.

  8. He dragged himself up the stairs and climbed into bed.

  9. Can you drag yourself away from that computer?

15th Century

First Known Use of drag

15th century




Definition of drag

  1. :  of, being, involving, or intended for a person in drag <a drag ball>


First Known Use of drag


DRAG Defined for Kids



noun \ˈdrag\

Definition of drag for Students

  1. 1 :  something used for pulling along (as a device used underwater to catch something)

  2. 2 :  something without wheels (as a heavy sled for carrying loads) that is pulled along or over a surface

  3. 3 :  something that slows down motion <He never forgot to put on the drag as we went downhill … — Anne Sewell, Black Beauty>

  4. 4 :  a dull or unpleasant event, person, or thing




Definition of drag for Students



  1. 1 :  to pull slowly or heavily <I dragged over a chair.>

  2. 2 :  to move with slowness or difficulty <She dragged herself out of bed.>

  3. 3 :  to move or cause to move along on the ground <You're dragging your scarf.> <Your scarf is dragging.>

  4. 4 :  to bring by or as if by force <He dragged us to the store.>

  5. 5 :  to pass or cause to pass slowly <The day dragged.>

  6. 6 :  to hang or lag behind <Quit dragging—walk faster.>

  7. 7 :  to search or fish by pulling something (as a net) under water

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