From Middle English draggen ("to drag"), early Middle English dragen ("to draw, carry"), confluence of Old English dragan ("to drag, draw, draw oneself, go, protract") and Old Norse draga ("to draw, attract"); both from Proto-Germanic *draganą ("to draw, drag"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰregʰ- ("to draw, drag"). Verb sense influenced due to association with the noun drag, related to Low German dragge ("a drag-anchor, grapnel"). Cognate with Danish drægge ("to dredge"), Danish drage ("to draw, attract"), Swedish dragga ("to drag, drag anchor, sweep"), Swedish draga ("to draw, go"), Icelandic draga ("to drag, pull"). draw.
Possibly from English drag ("to pull along a surface") because of the sensation of long skirts trailing on the floor, or from Yiddish טראָגן ("to wear")
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