Sage vs Sag - What's the difference?

sage | sag |

As a verb sage

is first-person singular indicative present form of .

As an initialism sag is

(on a letter), saint anthony guard (or guide).

As an acronym sag is

screen actors guild.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) sage (11th century), from . The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from circa 1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages of Greece .


  • Wise.
  • * Shakespeare
  • All you sage counsellors, hence!
  • * Milton
  • commanders, who, cloaking their fear under show of sage advice, counselled the general to retreat
  • (obsolete) grave; serious; solemn
  • * Milton
  • [Great bards] in sage and solemn tunes have sung.
    * sagacious


    (en noun)
  • A wise person or spiritual teacher; a man or woman of gravity and wisdom, especially, a teacher venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave or stoic philosopher.
  • * 1748 , (David Hume), Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral , London: Oxford University Press (1973), § 34:
  • We aspire to the magnanimous firmness of the philosophic sage .
    * deep thinker, egghead, intellectual, pundit
    Derived terms
    * sagely * sageness * sage on the stage * Seven Sages

    See also

    * rishi * maharishi

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) sauge, from (etyl) salvia, from , see safe .


  • The plant Salvia officinalis and savory spice produced from it; also planted for ornamental purposes.
  • Synonyms
    * (herb) ramona
    Derived terms
    * sagebush * Sage Derby * sage dog * sage green * sage grouse * sage tea * sage thrasher * wood sage
    See also
    * salvia

    Etymology 3



    (en interjection)
  • (Internet slang)
  • Verb

  • (Internet slang) The act of using the word or option sage in the email field or a checkbox of an imageboard when posting a reply
  • Usage notes

    * This word is specific to imageboards. The original purpose of sage is to not bump a thread if one deems one's own post to be of little value.



    Etymology 1

    From late (etyl) saggen, probably of Scandinavian/(etyl) origin (compare Norwegian ); probably akin to Danish and Norwegian sakke, Swedish sacka, Icelandic sakka, Old Norse sokkva. Compare also Low German sacken, Dutch zakken.


    (en noun)
  • The state of sinking or bending; sagging.
  • The difference in elevation of a wire, cable, chain or rope suspended between two consecutive points.
  • The difference height or depth between the vertex and the rim of a curved surface, specifically used for optical elements such as a mirror or lens.
  • Verb

  • To sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane.
  • A line or cable supported by its ends sags , even if it is tightly drawn.
    The floor of a room sags .
  • To lean, give way, or settle from a vertical position.
  • A building may sag one way or another.
    The door sags on its hinges.
  • (figuratively) To lose firmness, elasticity, vigor, or a thriving state; to sink; to droop; to flag; to bend; to yield, as the mind or spirits, under the pressure of care, trouble, doubt, or the like; to be unsettled or unbalanced.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear, / Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.
  • To loiter in walking; to idle along; to drag or droop heavily.
  • To cause to bend or give way; to load.
  • (informal) To wear one's trousers so that their top is well below the waist.
  • Etymology 2


  • * 2003 , Charles Campion, The Rough Guide to London Restaurants (page 173)
  • The dal tarka (£5) is made from whole yellow split peas, while sag aloo (£5) brings potatoes in a rich and oily spinach puree.


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