Meaning of SNAG in English


I. ˈsnag noun

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

Date: circa 1587


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 : 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


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

• snag·gy ˈsna-gē adjective

II. transitive verb

( snagged ; snag·ging )

Date: 1807


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 (as a river) of snags

4. : to catch or obtain usually by quick action or good fortune

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