\ ˈsnag How to pronounce snag (audio) \

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

booby trap, catch, catch-22, gimmick, gotcha, hitch, joker, land mine, pitfall

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of snag in a Sentence


I caught my sleeve on a snag and tore it. My sweater has a snag where I caught it on a nail.


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

The race to snag tickets for tickets for one out of the two weekends (or both, who knows) is one that people prepare for as soon as the festival ends. Teen Vogue, "8 Coachella-Inspired Decor Pieces That Will Make Your Dorm Feel (And Look) Like Palm Springs," 12 Apr. 2019 Related How to Dine at Your Desk in Style There is still a snag. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Lunchbox Renaissance," 24 Jan. 2019 But there's a snag to this plan, as is often the case when intellectual property is at stake. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Original Star Wars movies blocked from Disney streaming until 2024," 3 Aug. 2018 The buzz factor was burned up when this year's first rounder was used to snag QB Patrick Mahomes in 2017. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018 Gates to the lawn had opened at 4:30 p.m., but some fans, like Hernandez, arrived as early as 3 p.m. to snag front row seats. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "'The Red Sea has Rosen!' Cardinals fans celebrate the pick of Josh Rosen at draft party," 26 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, a separate survey of 500 singles by suggests that owning a home can help a person snag a mate. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "The Broken-Hearted Move Back Home," 14 Feb. 2019 Monday, 11/26 through Wednesday, 11/28, snag 60% off sitewide. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "These Are the Most Amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Or if something temporary and less expensive is more your speed, snag a unicorn hair wig. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2018, According to Google," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The defending race winner snagged the top starting spot for Sunday’s race as the qualifying session ended. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Rossi trying to make it 2-straight at Long Beach from pole," 13 Apr. 2019 Jordan Fisher just snagged the role of John Ambrose McClaren, who plays an important role in Lara Jean’s story, and Ross Butler will be playing Peter’s BFF Trevor. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Janel Parrish Almost Shared "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Sequel Spoilers on Instagram," 4 Apr. 2019 So by bidding, Disney can either snag Sky or force Comcast to pay more. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Sky Will Be the Last Act in Disney-Comcast Drama," 19 July 2018 Kacey Musgraves also snagged nominations for Album of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Here's What Luke Bryan Thinks About Reba McEntire's Response to the ACMs Controversy," 17 Mar. 2019 The New Orleans home—located just eight miles from the French Quarter—immediately snagged his attention, with its pine ceilings and Philippine mahogany paneling. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "So This Is The Secret to Making a Modern Home Feel Cozy," 8 Mar. 2019 The Phillies missed their chance to snag sole possession of first place in the National League East last night after losing to the Braves. Aubrey Nagle,, "Supporters rally for gay man detained by ICE, city shares memories of LOVE | Morning Newsletter," 23 May 2018 Tour companies rotate for the chance to snag these people, keeping one of their guides near the front gates to collect these sightseers and form them up into a group. Andrew Boyd,, "St. Louis Cemetery No. 1: Is Marie Laveau where they say she is?," 22 May 2018 The Bulls are back in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday, this time in Chicago, currently slotted sixth with a 5.3 percent chance to snag the top pick. K.c. Johnson,, "The Derrick Rose lottery: 10 years ago, Bulls' number came up," 11 May 2018

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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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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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