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dag

1.
dekagram; dekagrams.

dag1

[dag] /dæg/
noun
1.
one of a series of decorative scallops or foliations along the edge of a garment, cloth, etc.
2.
Scot. daglock.
verb (used with object), dagged, dagging.
3.
to edge (a garment, cloth, etc.) with decorative scallops or the like.
Origin of dag1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dagge < ?; compare Old French dague dagger

dag2

[dag] /dæg/
noun, Australian and New Zealand Informal.
1.
an amusing, unusual person.
Origin
First recorded in 1885-90; origin uncertain

Dag

[dahg, dag] /dɑg, dæg/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for dag
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  • A dag was, in the language of those days, the name for a pistol.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • He left his sword ready in the scabbard, and his dag primed for use.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • dag, the son of Dygve, was so wise a man that he understood the language of birds.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • Because of those estimates dag Daughtry glanced about him quickly.

  • dag Daughtry knew, instinctively to be sure, how to get on with dogs.

  • But all this was changed when dag Daughtry surprised them at a singing lesson.

  • The next evening after he came on board, dag Daughtry talked it over with him.

British Dictionary definitions for dag

dag1

/dæɡ/
noun
1.
short for daglock
2.
(NZ, informal) rattle one's dags, to hurry up
verb dags, dagging, dagged
3.
to cut the daglock away from (a sheep)
Derived Forms
dagger, noun
Word Origin
C18: of obscure origin

dag2

/dæɡ/
noun (Austral & NZ, informal)
1.
a character; eccentric
2.
a person who is untidily dressed
3.
a person with a good sense of humour
Word Origin
back formation from daggy
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Word Origin and History for dag
n.

"thin rain, drizzle, wet fog," late 17c., from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse dögg, plural daggir "dew," from Proto-Germanic *daowo- (cf. Old English deaw; see dew).

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