drag

noun
\ ˈdrag How to pronounce drag (audio) \

Definition of drag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : something used to drag (see drag entry 2) 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 sledge entry 3 sense 2) for conveying heavy bodies
3a : 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 draft entry 1 sense 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
4a : 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 sense 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 clog entry 1 sense 1a) fastened to a trap to prevent the escape of a trapped animal
6 : street, road the main drag
7a : entertainment in which performers dressed as members of the opposite sex caricature gender stereotypes through the use of often outrageous costumes and exaggerated mannerisms often used before another nouna drag show
b(1) : stereotypically gendered clothing or costume worn by someone of the opposite sex often used in the phrase in dragMy kind of TV show featured cartoons, puppets or Milton Berle in drag.— Dennis Drabelle
(2) : costume What was perhaps most embarrassing about Cyrus' dismal gig was its cutesy toys—a giant teddy bear from which she popped to cavort with a dance troupe in fuzzy bear drag.— Camille Paglia especially : a costume used to impersonate a person or kind of person … Paul Newman and Robert Redford romping about in bad-guy drag like naughty Hardy Boys ain't my idea of a western. — Mark Goodman
8 sports : drag race

drag

verb
dragged; dragging

Definition of drag (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(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 trail entry 1 sense 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
2a : 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 sense 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 icon to 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 drag entry 1 sense 1)
3 : to trail along on the ground Your scarf is dragging.
4a : 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 sense 4a drag on a cigarette
6 : to make a plucking or pulling movement
7 sports : to participate in a drag race
drag one's feet or less commonly drag one's heels
: to act in a deliberately slow or dilatory manner

Definition of drag (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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 drag entry 1 sense 7b(1)) a drag ball

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Verb

draggingly \ ˈdra-​giŋ-​lē How to pronounce draggingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for drag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of drag in a Sentence

Noun 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. Can you drag yourself away from that computer?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keep the drag loose and the rod tip low over the side to prevent the fish from surfacing and throwing the hook. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "10 Reasons You’re Not Catching Walleyes," 15 May 2020 In the inevitable Rodeo Drive stoplight drag, the 4443-pound Mercedes, at 9.8 seconds, doesn't stand a chance. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1998 Lexus RX300," 14 May 2020 Steak n Shake is Biglari Holdings’ largest subsidiary and contributed to the drag on the parent company’s performance. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus takes a big bite out of Steak n Shake’s 1Q revenue," 8 May 2020 Intel joined a host of companies that pulled full-year guidance and auto makers around the world reported results that showed the drag from the Covid-19 pandemic in the latest quarter. WSJ, "Intel Cuts Guidance; Auto Makers Detail Covid-19 Effects: Thursday’s Earnings at a Glance," 23 Apr. 2020 Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Bank, says the U.S. economy will feel the drag from cooler global market demand and the stress on the stock market through June. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Dow loses 12% during a week of coronavirus panic," 28 Feb. 2020 The distracting drag of email might also need confining to specific times of the day. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Your email problem isn’t your fault," 22 Dec. 2019 The drag from the orchestral accompaniment may have had something to do with the reading’s torpor. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Celebrating Sondheim isn’t easy, as a major tribute proves," 16 Nov. 2019 In that case, the only thing that could fail the bond is the shear stress that results from the drag of the airflow on your body. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "How to Glue Yourself to a Plane, According to Science," 11 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Afghan government, meanwhile, has dragged its feet on the Taliban condition of releasing up to 5,000 of their prisoners before direct talks. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "Afghan rivals sign power-sharing deal as political crisis subsides," 17 May 2020 The talks have dragged on and stalled several times since, reportedly over Netanyahu’s personal legal problems, sparking concern that the collapse of a deal would force the country into new elections. Time, "Coalition Deal Keeps Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Power," 20 Apr. 2020 Josephine, 7, had dragged every couch cushion to the corner of the Airbnb’s living room to construct a womb-like structure. New York Times, "Meet the Kids With 30 Half Siblings," 17 Apr. 2020 If the crisis drags on for longer, then more money will be needed. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Can Businesses Survive Until It Is Business as Usual?," 30 Mar. 2020 The unsuccessful suit and failed appeals dragged on for years. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 But as the conflict in the country dragged on for years, the banner became a symbol over which critics would mock Bush. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "CNBC analyst likens Trump autographing market chart to George W. Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' moment," 16 Mar. 2020 An announcement about the HQ, seemingly imminent at one time, has instead dragged on as the anticipation has pivoted to uncertainty. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Sen. Jones: Politics involved in Space Command HQ selection process," 6 Mar. 2020 The impasse has dragged on for weeks despite concerns about the growing number of people with coronavirus in the United States. Anchorage Daily News, "Major airlines, U.S. officials clash over virus-related passenger tracking," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective She's been working on drag magazine VELOUR and has continued to produce her show Nightgowns, which showcases a diverse array of drag performances in Brooklyn. John Paul Brammer, Teen Vogue, "Sasha Velour Gives an Intimate Look at the Making of "Pirate Jenny" and Talks Pushing Drag Into New Directions," 4 May 2018 The sunny skies were great and 70-degree temps were perfect, but a flag-snapping crosswind made the drag track sensitive to navigate for those not in tune with the conditions. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "NHRA Norwalk 2017: Steve Torrence gets fourth triumph at Summit Racing Equipment Nationals," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of drag

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drag

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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The first known use of drag was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for drag

drag

noun
How to pronounce drag (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : someone or something that is boring, annoying, or disappointing
informal : someone or something that makes action or progress slower or more difficult
informal : the act of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.

drag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drag (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈdrag How to pronounce drag (audio) \

Kids Definition of drag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

drag

verb
dragged; dragging

Kids Definition of drag (Entry 2 of 2)

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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