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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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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 Jun 2021

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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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