Meaning of SNAG in English


I. ˈsnag, -aa(ə)g, -aig intransitive verb

( snagged ; snagged ; snagging ; snags )

Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic snagga to quarrel, wrangle, and perhaps to Old Norse snaga, a kind of ax — more at snag II

dialect chiefly Britain : to scold aggravatingly : nag , carp

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect snag projecting point on a headland, islet or skerry, Old Norse snagi clothes peg, snaga, a kind of ax, and probably to Norwegian snake to sniff around, snatch at something with the teeth — more at snatch



(1) : a stub or stump remaining on a tree after a branch has been lopped off

(2) : the rough stub remaining after a branch has been torn off (as by wind) ; also : such a roughly broken branch

stumbling through underbrush and over the snags that littered the ground

b. : a tree or a branch, log, or stump embedded in a lake or stream bed in such a manner that projecting parts constitute a hazard to navigation

c. : a standing dead tree from which parts or all of the top have fallen ; especially : one that is more than 20 feet tall — compare stub

d. : a short stub that is left temporarily to support the new growth from the scion when the stock is cut back after some side graft or more often budding operations

2. : a rough sharp or jagged projecting part or unit : protuberance: as

a. : a projecting tooth ; also : a stump of a tooth

b. : one of the secondary branches of an antler : a small tine or a branch of a tine

3. : a concealed or unexpected impediment, difficulty, or obstacle


a. : a jagged tear made by or as if by catching on a sharp projection

b. : an irregularity that suggests the result of tearing ; especially : a pulled thread in fabric

a snag in her stocking


a. : an irregular piece separated from a larger unit

broke off a snag of bread

b. : an indefinite amount

came into quite a snag of money

Synonyms: see obstacle

III. transitive verb

( snagged ; snagged ; snagging ; snags )

1. : to lop off (as branches) so as to leave snags : hew, trim, or cut roughly or jaggedly


a. : to catch on an underwater tree

the boat was snagged near the right bank

b. : to catch (as wool) on sharp bushes or brush

c. : to catch (a line or hook) on underwater weeds or stones

d. : to catch (as clothes) on wire

snagged his pants on the barbed wire fence

e. : to hook (a fish) in the body rather than in the mouth

f. : to hook (a fish) with a snagline

g. : to interrupt or interfere with as if by catching on a snag

commerce … has been snagged by … lack of foreign exchange — New York Times


a. : to clear (a river) of snags

b. : to remove rough protuberances from a foundry casting

4. : to catch or obtain by quick, decisive, and often more or less irregular action

snag a football pass from the opponent

snagged a taxi — Frances Crane

snagged the cake from the pantry while his mother was out

worked out ways and means of snagging a rich husband — Polly Adler

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

dialect Britain : sloe , blackthorn

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.