- 1[transitive, intransitive] to catch or tear something on something rough or sharp; to become caught or torn in this way snag something on/in something I snagged my sweater on the wire fence. snag something The fence snagged my sweater. snag (on/in something) The nets snagged on some rocks.
- 2[transitive] snag something (from somebody) (North American English, informal) to succeed in getting something quickly, often before other people I snagged a ride from Joe. Word Originverb late 16th cent. (in sense (2) of the noun): probably of Scandinavian origin. The early sense ‘stump sticking out from a tree trunk’ gave rise to a US sense ‘submerged piece of timber obstructing navigation’, of which sense 1 is originally a figurative use. Current verb senses arose in the 19th cent.
BrE BrE//snæɡ//; NAmE NAmE//snæɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snag
BrE BrE//snæɡ//; NAmE NAmE//snæɡ//he / she / it snags
BrE BrE//snæɡz//; NAmE NAmE//snæɡz//past simple snagged
BrE BrE//snæɡd//; NAmE NAmE//snæɡd//past participle snagged
BrE BrE//snæɡd//; NAmE NAmE//snæɡd//-ing form snagging
BrE BrE//ˈsnæɡɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæɡɪŋ//