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not to be confused with latency (the time it takes to send a packet to and recieve a response packet from a server along a network), lag is impaired computer functionality (slow application responses or reduced/choppy framerates) resulting from high latency, packet loss, or low-preformance (generally video) hardware

adj. laggy, vi. lag
"My ping's 198?! No wonder this server's so laggy!"

OR

"If you turn down you resolution, you won't get as much lag."
by Johann7 August 24, 2004

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A newb's excuse for getting pwned
some guy:OFMG Lag
me:STFU this is a LAN newb. I pwnt yoos.
by BullChri May 23, 2005

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Something that happens upon people with slow connections, or idiots who don't know when to stop downloading porn.
me: Why does it lag so much? Who the $^@# is downloading porn?
some idiot: me
by Kestrel December 21, 2005

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Slowness in an online game because of a bad server, or an over-abundance of people using it.
Uber-l33t-noobzorman: "OMFG damn lag... a poring just killed me..."
Me: "dude... you just suck."
by The Ownage February 24, 2005

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A word that instills fear in the hearts of 'World of Warcraft' fanatics and those who would join the urb-nerd camp everywhere, as thirty or so people have offered irritatingly nerdy definitions for this bit of tech vernacular, thus NO ONE should post a definition with more than one instance of internet shorthand, because it gets really annoying to see online gamers deliver expositories upon scenarios that can only occur in front of a keyboard and a computer moniter. that being said, lag is nothing more than a digial device's irritating tendency to process input more slowly than it takes for the user to output it.
Me: hey, i pressed a button on my cell phone and it took a couple of seconds for it to register
friend: why's that
Me:I don't know, looks like my cell phone is a victim of lag

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Number one cause of violence amongst gamers.
Gamer with bloody knuckles comes into a bar. The barkeep asks, "What happened to you?" To which the games replies: "Lag..."
by Digital Douglas February 03, 2010

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a term from online games desciribing a problem in a game causing people or objects to "freeze" and re-apear elseware, very annoying and sometimes used as an excuse by noobs (e.g. noob just got killed so he says: "Stupid lag!!!!")
dude, this map is lagging like crazy!
man the lag is killin me!
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