: something (such as slowness of movement or sagging) caused by or as if by dragging
(snooker) "Played it with drag as well, Dennis. I mean absolutely beautifully played, that was: drag on the cue ball so once it's made contact with the object ball there's hardly any life left on it. …"—John Parrott
(geology) Friction along a fault surface may cause the rock layers adjacent to the fault to be bent or folded. … Such folding of the rocks abutting a fault is called drag …—W. John Nelson
dated slang: influence securing special favor : pull
"If you've got a drag with old Macy, maybe he'll raise you," was Charley's disheartening reply. "But he didn't raise me till I'd been here nearly two years."—F. Scott Fitzgerald
: something that slows or impedes motion, action, or advancement
Bringing up the rear was the drag, the worst position in the line [of a herd of cattle]. Drag riders had to make sure the weakest members of the herd kept pace, while breathing all the dust kicked up by the entire herd.—Vic Kovacs
physics: the slowing force acting on a body (such as an airplane) moving through a fluid (such as air) parallel and opposite to the direction of motion
: entertainment in which performers caricature or challenge gender stereotypes (as by dressing in clothing that is stereotypical of another gender, by using exaggeratedly gendered mannerisms, or by combining elements of stereotypically male and female dress) and often wear elaborate or outrageous costumes
"… Atlanta … was, like, mecca for drag. It had the traditional drag queens who were female impersonators. But, you know, I had come from the punk rock side of the tracks, and we did drag as a social comment …"—RuPaul
—often used before another noun
Drag shows are events where performers impersonate characters from a certain gender and often don elaborate costuming and makeup.—Lauren Wavra
The drama sparked a conversation within the LGBTQ community regarding trans, female, and nonbinary drag performers.—Xavier Piedra
My parents can be such a drag. They won't let me do anything.
These meetings are a total drag.
Let me have a drag from your cigarette.
He took a long drag on the cigarette. Verb
She dragged one of the other tables over to ours.
Firefighters dragged the man to safety.
One of the parents eventually dragged the screaming toddler out of the store.
The broken muffler dragged behind the car.
The dog's leash was dragging along the ground.
The child is always dragging his blanket.
The puppy ran up to us, dragging her leash behind her.
He dragged himself up the stairs and climbed into bed.
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Recent Examples on the Web
Initially though, the real-life experience ended up being a real drag, unfortunately.—Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2023 In one of her most famous quotes, Mitchell takes a long drag on a cigarette and expresses her indifference to being liked.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023 The city aims to attract climate migrants, seeing them as a feeder of the economy, rather than a drag on it.—Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 Women’s lack of participation is a drag on the economy and contributes to a plunging birthrate.—Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Their melding of dance, circus, striptease, contemporary art, fashion, drag, burlesque struck him as a formula that would work in Las Vegas.—Melinda Sheckells, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 Despite the rising cost of entertainment becoming a drag on wallets, the company said 92% of fans plan to go to more shows or the same amount next year.—Anne Steele, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 Listeners also are treated to a running list of great drag names (including recent faves Bonnie Irate and Phyllis Inn).—Lina Lecaro, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Usually, however, reading is fair game, frequently affectionate, and always part of the process by which good drag performances make and unmake gender in real time for their audiences: reading is partially about winning, but partially about an earnest commitment to gender’s fragile unreality.—Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023
The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles alleged that the company had failed to disclose that its vehicle attempted to pull out of traffic after the crash, dragging the victim forward about 20 feet.—WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 The agency alleged the self-driving-car company, which reportedly had roughly 400 cars operating in San Francisco, withheld video of a Cruise robotaxi dragging a person down a street.—Queenie Wong, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The surveillance video shows the suspect dragging the victim down the stairs before pushing him away.—Stepheny Price, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2023 Thus this chronicle of a one-month visit to Norway that drags on for seven years ends up an incongruously charming footnote to a much larger conflict that just keeps escalating.—Dennis Harvey, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 My brother also dragged the crackers from Washington, DC to a bachelor party in Austin where a bunch of 30-year-old dudes also saw the mini Saltine light.—Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, 13 Nov. 2023 The rapper recently settled a dragging lawsuit with her former record label, 1501 Entertainment.—Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2023 As this year’s negotiations between SAG and AMPTP dragged on, generative AI became the major sticking point.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 As the strike drags on, frustration has mounted among SAG’s members.—Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023
And RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trixie Mattel shattered boundaries as the first drag queen to perform at Stagecoach (an especially important appearance as states like Tennessee continue to introduce anti-drag legislation).—Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2023 Although the most restrictive of these bills has recently been overturned, the future remains murky, with drag bars and drag-queen story hours around the country targeted by demonstrators and vigilantes.—Harper's BAZAAR, 27 June 2023 City Winery will also be separately hosting a drag brunch benefit — which, technically, could fall afoul of Tennessee’s new anti-drag law, since the venue is within 1,000 feet of a church… as is nearly every venue in the famously church-riddled city.—Chris Willman, Variety, 20 Mar. 2023 However, a day before the nation's first anti-drag law was set to take effect, a federal judge temporarily blocked it for violating the First Amendment.—Roman Feeser, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2023 Texas currently has two anti-drag bills under consideration.—Chris Willman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2023 Lee has faced criticism for approving the anti-drag show law, particularly since a photo surfaced of him as a high school senior dressed in women’s clothing in 1977.—Kimberlee Kruesi, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 As anti-drag bills make their way through the Texas Legislature and plenty of attacks target everything from athletics to health care for individuals from children to adults, now's a tough time to be transgender in the Lone Star State.—Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Mar. 2023 While tens of thousands attended both events in a jubilant return, Garth said that the typically exuberant gathering will have to acknowledge the scale of challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people in L.A. and nationwide, as anti-trans and anti-drag bills are proposed and passed across the country.—August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023 See More
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Noun, Verb, and Adjective
Middle English dragge, probably from Middle Low German draggen grapnel; akin to Old English dragan to draw — more at draw