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drag

noun \ ˈdrag \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of drag

1 :something used to drag (see 2drag) with; especially :a device for dragging under water to detect or obtain objects
2 :something that is dragged, pulled, or drawn along or over a surface: such as
a agriculture :harrow
b :a sledge (see 3sledge 2) for conveying heavy bodies
3 a :the act or an instance of dragging or drawing: such 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
  • took a drag on his cigar
; also :a draft (see 1draft 2b) of liquid
b :a movement, inclination, or retardation caused by or as if by dragging
  • the drag of his bottom lip
c slang :influence securing special favor :pull
4 a :something that retards or impedes motion, action, or advancement
b (1) physics :the retarding force acting on a body (such as an airplane) moving through a fluid (such as air) parallel and opposite to the direction of motion
(2) mechanical engineering :friction (see friction 1b) 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 hunting
a :an object drawn over the ground to leave a scented trail
b :a clog (see 1clog 1a) fastened to a trap to prevent the escape of a trapped animal
6 :street, road
  • the main drag
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
  • men dressed in drag
8 sports :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.

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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

drag Synonyms

Synonyms
bore, drip, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, yawn, yawner
Related Words
bummer, downer; bromide, pill
Near Antonyms
blast, gas [slang], kick, rush, upper

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drag

verb

Definition of drag

dragged; dragging
transitive verb
1 a (1) :to draw or pull slowly or heavily :haul
  • dragging a box down the hall
(2) :to cause to move with slowness or difficulty
  • dragged myself up the stairs
  • dragging his feet
(3) :to cause to trail (see 1trail 1a) 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
  • drag the truth out of him
c :protract
  • drag a story out
2 a :to pass a drag over
  • drag a field
b :to explore with a drag
  • drag the pond for the drowning victim
c hunting and fishing :to catch with a dragnet (see dragnet 1)
3 baseball :to hit (a drag bunt) while moving toward first base
4 computers :to select and move (an item on a computer screen) by using a mouse, a touch screen, etc.
  • drag the iconto the bottom row
intransitive verb
1 :to hang or lag behind
  • Stop dragging and hurry up.
2 :to fish or search with a drag (see 1drag 1)
3 :to trail along on the ground
  • Your scarf is dragging.
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.
5 :draw 4a
  • drag on a cigarette
6 :to make a plucking or pulling movement
7 sports :to participate in a drag race

draggingly

play \ˈdra-giŋ-lē\ adverb
drag one's feet or less commonly drag one's heels
: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?

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Origin and Etymology of drag

see 1drag

drag Synonyms

Synonyms
pull, draw, hale, haul, lug, tow, tug
Antonyms
drive, propel, push
Related Words
attract; heave, jerk, yank; carry, convey, ferry, move, transport
Near Antonyms
shove, thrust

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drag

adjective

Definition of drag

:of, being, involving, or intended for a person wearing clothing typical of the opposite sex :of, being, involving, or intended for a person in drag (see 1drag 7b)
  • a drag ball

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Origin and Etymology of drag

see 1drag


DRAG Defined for English Language Learners

drag

noun

Definition of drag for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


drag

verb

Definition of drag for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DRAG Defined for Kids

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drag

noun \ ˈdrag \

Definition of drag for Students

1 :something used for pulling along (as a device used underwater to catch something)
2 :something without wheels (as a heavy sled for carrying loads) that is pulled along or over a surface
3 :something that slows down motion
  • He never forgot to put on the drag as we went downhill …
  • —Anne Sewell, Black Beauty
4 :a dull or unpleasant event, person, or thing

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drag

verb

Definition of drag for Students

dragged; dragging
1 :to pull slowly or heavily
  • I dragged over a chair.
2 :to move with slowness or difficulty
  • She dragged herself out of bed.
3 :to move or cause to move along on the ground
  • You're dragging your scarf.
  • Your scarf is dragging.
4 :to bring by or as if by force
  • He dragged us to the store.
5 :to pass or cause to pass slowly
  • The day dragged.
6 :to hang or lag behind
  • Quit dragging—walk faster.
7 :to search or fish by pulling something (as a net) under water


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