Meaning of DRAG in English


I. ˈdrag noun

Etymology: Middle English dragge, probably from Middle Low German draggen grapnel; akin to Old English dragan to draw — more at draw

Date: 14th century

1. : something used to drag with ; especially : a device for dragging under water to detect or obtain objects

2. : something that is dragged, pulled, or drawn along or over a surface: as

a. : harrow

b. : a sledge for conveying heavy bodies

c. : conveyance


a. : the act or an instance of dragging or drawing: as

(1) : a drawing along or over a surface with effort or pressure

(2) : motion effected with slowness or difficulty ; also : the condition of having or seeming to have such motion

(3) : a draw on a pipe, cigarette, or cigar ; also : a draft of liquid

b. : a movement, inclination, or retardation caused by or as if by dragging

c. slang : influence securing special favor : pull


a. : something that retards motion, action, or advancement


(1) : the retarding force acting on a body (as an airplane) moving through a fluid (as air) parallel and opposite to the direction of motion

(2) : friction between engine parts ; also : retardation due to friction

c. : burden , encumbrance

the drag of population growth on living standards

d. : one that is boring or gets in the way of enjoyment

thinks studying is a drag

this sickly kid is going to be a social drag — Edmund Morris


a. : an object drawn over the ground to leave a scented trail

b. : a clog fastened to a trap to prevent the escape of a trapped animal

6. : street , road

the main drag


a. : costume , outfit

in Victorian drag

b. : clothing typical of one sex worn by a person of the opposite sex — often used in the phrase in drag

8. : drag race

II. verb

( dragged ; drag·ging )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb



(1) : to draw slowly or heavily : haul

(2) : to cause (as oneself) to move with slowness or difficulty

dragged myself up the stairs

(3) : to cause to trail along a surface

wandered off dragging the leash


(1) : to bring by or as if by force or compulsion

had to drag her husband to the opera

(2) : to extract by or as if by pulling

c. : protract

drag a story out


a. : to pass a drag over

drag a field

b. : to explore with a drag

drag a pond

c. : to catch with a dragnet

3. : to hit (a drag bunt) while moving toward first base

4. : to move (items on a computer screen) especially by means of a mouse

intransitive verb

1. : to hang or lag behind

2. : to fish or search with a drag

3. : to trail along on the ground


a. : to move slowly because of fatigue

was dragging after the long trip

b. : to proceed or continue laboriously or tediously

the lawsuit dragged on for years

5. : draw 4a

drag on a cigarette

6. : to make a plucking or pulling movement

7. : to participate in a drag race

• drag·ging·ly ˈdra-giŋ-lē adverb

- drag one's feet

III. adjective

Date: 1887

: of, being, involving, or intended for a person in drag

a drag ball

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.