\ ˈsnag How to pronounce snag (audio) \

Definition of snag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle
2a : an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing especially : a pulled thread in fabric a snag in her stocking
b : a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a snag
3 : 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
4a : a standing dead tree
b : a tree or branch embedded in a lake or stream bed and constituting a hazard to navigation


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 catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune
3 : to hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly
4 : to clear (something, such as a river) of snags

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snaggy \ ˈsna-​gē How to pronounce snag (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 And for those who want even more water, snag one of two discounted, 18-cup or 25-cup UltraMax water dispensers. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Brita, Nordstrom Rack, The North Face and more," 5 Jan. 2021 Of course, for those of us that didn't snag tickets for the Masters this year, this exclusive online shop doesn't do us much good. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Masters Launches Online Shop to Ticket Holders for the First Time in Its History," 9 Nov. 2020 In a further snag to the county’s vaccine rollout, a batch of Moderna vaccines given to more than 5,000 residents is being investigated for causing possible allergic reactions. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: The mutation equation," 20 Jan. 2021 The $20 billion mega transatlantic grocery merger between Canada's Couche-Tard and French retail giant Carrefour has hit a huge snag. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why Stimulus 3.0 + Impeachment 2.0 adds up to very little for investors," 14 Jan. 2021 The first big snag came when President Trump followed through with his pledge to veto the legislation, sending it back to Capitol Hill. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Delay of defense bill won't compromise national security, defense expert says," 31 Dec. 2020 Jordan scored his second touchdown from a yard out on a one-handed snag off a lob over his back shoulder from Perry. David Furones,, "Without QB D’Eriq King, Hurricanes’ Cheez-It Bowl rally falls short vs. Oklahoma State," 29 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, California reported 432 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, marking a daily record, and a temperature snag delayed shipments of the Moderna Inc. vaccine to Texas., "New Strain Enters California; NYC Positive Rate Up: Virus Update," 29 Dec. 2020 Any snag in the negotiations could have serious consequences. Washington Post, "Some pandemic aid for the jobless and for renters may end soon. Here’s what you need to know.," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After a bluebird day on the slopes, snag a table outside at Breckenridge Pub & Brewery on Main Street. Julia Heffelfinger, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Breweries and Distilleries Taking Over America's Après-Ski Scene," 11 Feb. 2021 Underscored readers can snag exclusive savings on all their case needs. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Leesa, Anker, Cole Haan and more," 20 Jan. 2021 Beginning this year, the park will also snag a $2 million boost from local property taxes as a millage rededication voters approved in 2019 takes effect. Jessica Williams | Staff Writer,, "City Park in New Orleans gets new CEO, Cara Lambright: 'I'm honestly still pinching myself'," 14 Jan. 2021 From now until Monday, January 11, shoppers can snag plenty of goodies at a major markdown. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 10 best things to buy from the semi-annual Tory Burch sale," 29 Dec. 2020 And while there is strong political momentum for new regulations, the policies may not be approved for years, with many stages of negotiations where the debate could snag. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Big Fines and Strict Rules Unveiled Against ‘Big Tech’ in Europe," 15 Dec. 2020 Finally, alternative rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins could snag their first U.K. Top 40 album in eight years with CYR (Sumerian). Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Take That’s Gary Barlow Takes Lead on U.K. Midweek Chart," 1 Dec. 2020 For an on-the-go routine, snag the Perfect Canvas Set. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Glossier's Only Sale of the Year Is Happening for Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 Those of us who are a little more lax on our running schedules can wait to snag a new pair. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best running shoes: Break a sweat, not your arches," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of snag


circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 4b


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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8 Feb 2021

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More Definitions for snag



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


\ ˈsnag How to pronounce snag (audio) \

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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