\ 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 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 Democratic socialists have generated buzz over their chances to snag at least six of them. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, "Democratic socialists salivate over current, future New York state gains," 2 Dec. 2020 As Kelly told his team in the locker room at halftime, this one was going to be about fighting for every blade of grass if the Irish were going to snag win No. 9. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "This Notre Dame team is wired to win. Maybe the ACC, and maybe even beyond.," 28 Nov. 2020 In a slew of classic colors (including black, rose, white, pomegranate and navy) and three fun patterns, the toughest part will be choosing just one to snag. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Save big on The North Face winter must-haves at Macy’s," 27 Nov. 2020 Before they could be demolished, however, the plans to replace them hit a snag. Mike Scott,, "Popular protests back in 1895 saved the Cabildo and Presbytere from the wrecking ball," 24 Nov. 2020 Her latest bill, the American Energy Innovation Act with top committee Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, hit a snag in early March on the Senate floor despite general bipartisan support for the overall package. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Wyoming’s John Barrasso set for top GOP slot on Senate Energy panel," 18 Nov. 2020 Metcalf did snag three passes on five targets for 46 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks post a big win over the Arizona Cardinals: 10 studs and duds," 19 Nov. 2020 These aren't the only incredible deals to snag from Macy's huge Black Friday One Day Sale, either: shop the rest of our top picks for discounts here. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Cashmere sweaters are more than 70% off at Macy's for Black Friday 2020," 15 Nov. 2020 Talks to acquire the U.S. portion of TikTok appear to have stalled, a snag in a deal largely expected to reshape the technology landscape. Washington Post, "TikTok sale slowed as Chinese government may get involved," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Below, the best designer sale picks to snag on Black Friday and enjoy this holiday season and for years to come. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "The Best Designer Finds To Snag On Sale This Black Friday," 25 Nov. 2020 The product normally sells for $22, and right now, Rouge members can snag it for as low as $17.60. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Sephora's huge Holiday Savings Event is here with sitewide discounts for all Insiders," 5 Nov. 2020 Considering Thanksgiving is less than a week away with Christmas to follow, there’s no better to time to snag a gift for yourself – or others. Nandi Howard, Essence, "How Zoe Kravitz Brings In The Holiday With Her Favorite YSL Beauty Treats," 20 Nov. 2020 Our best option seemed to be an urgent care clinic that offered rapid testing, where patients would line up before opening to snag one of the 25 daily test allotments. Sarah Feldberg,, "I traveled across the country during the pandemic. UCSF experts weigh in on what I did right and wrong," 12 Nov. 2020 With savings on everything from statement pieces to classic staples, the toughest part will be choosing which styles to snag! Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Best-selling Coach bags are 50% off right now for Black Friday 2020," 11 Nov. 2020 Call a couple days ahead to snag a table (or even send a text—they'll respond). Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Weekend Finds: The Beach Picnics, Hikes, and Matcha Tastings Our Editors Discovered," 2 Nov. 2020 Through Monday, November 9, regular Beauty Insiders will snag 10% off. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Sephora's huge Holiday Savings Event is here with sitewide discounts for all Insiders," 5 Nov. 2020 Oscar handicappers are already suggesting Netflix could snag as many as three best-picture nominations. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Netflix mounts this year's Oscar push on a very different playing field," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of snag was circa 1587

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4 Dec 2020

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“Snag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 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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