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  1. dekagram; dekagrams.
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  1. one of a series of decorative scallops or foliations along the edge of a garment, cloth, etc.
  2. Scot. daglock.
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verb (used with object), dagged, dag·ging.
  1. to edge (a garment, cloth, etc.) with decorative scallops or the like.
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Origin of dag1

1350–1400; Middle English dagge < ?; compare Old French dague dagger


noun Australian and New Zealand Informal.
  1. an amusing, unusual person.
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Origin of dag2

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain


[dahg, dag]
  1. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for dag

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Dag, the son of Dygve, was so wise a man that he understood the language of birds.


    Victor Nilsson

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for dag


  1. short for daglock
  2. rattle one's dags NZ informal to hurry up
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verb dags, dagging or dagged
  1. to cut the daglock away from (a sheep)
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Derived Formsdagger, noun

Word Origin

C18: of obscure origin


noun Australian and NZ informal
  1. a character; eccentric
  2. a person who is untidily dressed
  3. a person with a good sense of humour
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Word Origin

back formation from daggy
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Word Origin and History for dag


"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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