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Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation
b : a standing dead tree
2 : a rough sharp or jagged projecting part : protuberance: such as
a : a projecting tooth also : a stump of a tooth
b : one of the secondary branches of an antler
3 : a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle
4a : a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snag
b : an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing especially : a pulled thread in fabric a snag in her stocking


snagged; snagging

Definition of snag (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to catch and usually damage on or as if on a snag
b : to halt or impede as if by catching on a snag
2 : to hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly
3 : to clear (something, such as a river) of snags
4 : to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune

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snaggy \ ˈsna-​gē How to pronounce snaggy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for snag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of snag in a Sentence

Noun I caught my sleeve on a snag and tore it. My sweater has a snag where I caught it on a nail. Verb I snagged my favorite sweater on a nail. The shortstop snagged the grounder. The police snagged the suspect as he was trying to run away. I managed to snag the information I needed from the Internet. Can I snag a ride from you?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, that milestone appears to have hit a snag. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "These states now have legal weed, and which states could follow suit in 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have been expected to sign a partial trade deal for about a month, though negotiations over the final text of the deal hit yet another snag last week. Clare Duffy, CNN, "The United States once again kicks the Huawei can down the road," 18 Nov. 2019 Tony Avelar/Associated Press Colin Kaepernick’s long road back to the N.F.L. has hit another snag. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Colin Kaepernick Has Not Been Told Who Will Attend His Workout," 13 Nov. 2019 But Buttigieg’s campaign to woo the black community hit another snag recently when an internal polling memo that suggested that his sexuality was a hurdle for black South Carolina voters leaked to the press. Charlotte Alter / Rock Hill, Time, "Pete Buttigieg Rises In Iowa But Fails To Export That Midwestern Charm," 7 Nov. 2019 Any snags with completing the sale can add time and cost everyone money. Shannon Cobb Evans, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Don’t pass up that final walk-through," 2 Nov. 2019 Days after a path forward appeared clear for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate hundreds of suburban and downstate police and fire pension funds, the compromise reached over the weekend hit a snag. Jamie Munks,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate 650 local police and fire pensions into two statewide funds hits a snag," 12 Nov. 2019 But the project hit a snag in September, when the city ordered him to tear it down. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kanye West wants to change his name to "Christian Genius Billionaire"," 8 Nov. 2019 But Presten’s Littlefield-Corcoran item hit a snag. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Gossipeuse to Press Agent: Drop Dead!," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lockett is one of the best receivers in the league at snagging contested passes, including this one just before he was hammered by Packers’ safety Kevin King. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ comeback falls short to the Green Bay Packers: 10 studs and duds," 13 Jan. 2020 Tickets for the Pikeville shows are still available, so visit to snag a seat. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Tyler Childers is returning to Kentucky with Sturgill Simpson in 2020. Here's how to watch," 29 Oct. 2019 But if the Giants had won, either Green Bay under coach Ray Rhodes or Carolina could have snagged that spot. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Packers' bizarre, frenetic finale 20 years ago featured a tiebreaker scenario for the ages," 26 Dec. 2019 Hipgnosis just snagged the catalog of pop hitmaker Savan Kotecha, a longtime collaborator of Ariana Grande's, from her 2014 album My Everything to 2018's Sweetener and this year's Thank U, Next. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Hipgnosis Picks Up Catalog of Ariana Grande Collaborator Savan Kotecha," 20 Dec. 2019 Crew members often snag power naps atop gear cases. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Behind the scenes as Trans-Siberian Orchestra creates a rocking winter wonderland," 19 Dec. 2019 Kris snagged a mid-length blonde wig and a bodysuit and posed as Khloé. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Kardashians Traded Hairstyles to Expertly Troll Each Other in the KUWTK Finale," 16 Dec. 2019 Three of the country's beaches snagged slots on Vrbo's list of hottest international beaches for American travelers. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "10 of the trendiest destinations you should really visit in 2020," 13 Dec. 2019 Hsu snagged VonMarkle's medical chart, which revealed that her tale began with headaches and a fever, and she, too, was diagnosed with FIRES. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of snag


circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snag


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snagi clothes peg

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The first known use of snag was circa 1587

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snag.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an unexpected problem or difficulty
: a sharp or broken part of something that sticks out from a smooth surface
: a thread that sticks out from a piece of cloth



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

: to catch and tear (something) on something sharp
US, informal : to catch, capture, or get (something or someone) by quick action or good luck


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Kids Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rough or broken part sticking out from something
2 : an unexpected difficulty Our plan hit a snag.
3 : a stump or stub of a tree branch especially when hidden under water


snagged; snagging

Kids Definition of snag (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to catch or damage on or as if on a part sticking up or out He snagged his sleeve on a nail.
2 : to catch or capture by or as if by reaching out quickly and grabbing I was snagged by the teacher on my way out.

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