[[t]læg[/t]]v. lagged, lag•ging, n.1) to fail to maintain a desired pace or speed:to lag behind in production[/ex]2) to linger; delay3) to decrease gradually; flag:Interest lagged as the meeting went on[/ex]4) gam to throw one's shooting marble toward a line on the ground so as to determine the order of play5) gam (in billiards and pool)string 28)6) cvb to fail to keep up with:The industry still lags the national economy[/ex]7) a lagging or falling behind; retardation8) a person who lags behind9) an interval of time:a lag of ten minutes[/ex]10) mec Mech. the amount of retardation of some motion11) gam the act of lagging in marbles or billiards•Etymology: 1505–15; perh. < Scand lag′ger, n. IIlag[[t]læg[/t]] v. lagged, lag•ging, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang.1) brit. to imprison or transport for crime2) brit. a convict or ex-convict3) a period or term of penal servitude•Etymology: 1565–75; orig. uncert. IIIlag[[t]læg[/t]] n. v. lagged, lag•ging1) bui one of the staves or strips that form the periphery of a wooden drum, the casing of a steam cylinder, or the like2) bui to cover or provide with lags•Etymology: 1665–75; prob. < Scand
From formal English to slang. 2014.