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snag

noun \ ˈsnag \

Definition of snag

1 a :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
4 a :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

snaggy

play \ˈsna-gē\ adjective

Examples of snag in a Sentence

  1. I caught my sleeve on a snag and tore it.

  2. My sweater has a snag where I caught it on a nail.

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Origin and Etymology of snag

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


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snag

verb

Definition of snag

snagged; snagging
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of snag in a Sentence

  1. I snagged my favorite sweater on a nail.

  2. The shortstop snagged the grounder.

  3. The police snagged the suspect as he was trying to run away.

  4. I managed to snag the information I needed from the Internet.

  5. Can I snag a ride from you?

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First Known Use of snag

1807

snag Synonyms

Synonyms
bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, catch, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap
Antonyms
miss
Related Words
glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)
Near Antonyms
discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhand


SNAG Defined for English Language Learners

snag

noun

Definition of snag for English Language Learners

  • : 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


snag

verb

Definition of snag for English Language Learners

  • : to catch and tear (something) on something sharp

  • : to catch, capture, or get (something or someone) by quick action or good luck


SNAG Defined for Kids

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snag

noun \ ˈsnag \

Definition of snag for Students

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

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snag

verb

Definition of snag for Students

snagged; snagging
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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