verb (used with or without object), shagged, shag·ging.
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OTHER WORDS FROM shagshaglike, adjective
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verb (used without object), shagged, shag·ging.
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verb (used with object), shagged, shag·ging.
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verb (used with or without object)
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does shag mean?
Shag means “to have sex” with someone in British slang.
Where does shag come from?
Shag is a much older slang term for “having sex” than you think. Evidence for the term dates back to the 1680s. It is probably related to the word shake. (Use your imagination for the connection.)
As a verb, shag means “to have sex” (e.g., I shagged her last night). By the 1780s, it evolved into a noun for the act of copulation itself (e.g., We had a shag in the barn).
Come the late 1960s, a sexually attractive person was described as a shag. This was often said of women, but also sometimes men (e.g., He was a good shag, but he’s not that bright).
Many people outside the UK learned shag thanks to the hit 1999 comedy film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me starring Mike Myers. The title is a play on the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Shag—describing something rough or matted, as in carpet—has a different root than the sexual shag. It is a 16th-century word, possibly from an Old English term for “rough, matted hair or wool.”
How is shag used in real life?
Referring to “sex” as shagging is closely associated with British slang.
When used as a verb, shag is conjugated just like any other English verb. As noted, shag can also be a noun describing the act of copulation or referring to someone as a sexual object.
The tone of shag is dirty and definitely informal, though not quite vulgar.
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for shag
Even when we’re taking batting practice and all the pitchers are shagging balls, she’s flying around catching balls.North Texas pitcher throws a perfect game with a twist, striking out all 21 batters|Cindy Boren|April 12, 2021|Washington Post
He shagged loose balls, set screens and helped chart analytics.Juwan Howard’s first banners at Michigan came down. He’s ready to hang another one.|Kareem Copeland|March 18, 2021|Washington Post
At any rate, as soon as Lady Clare reappeared in the meadow Shag's cup of bliss seemed to be full.
Lady Clare, seeing Shag killed by the blow which had been intended for herself, felt her blood run cold.
Led away by his sympathy Shag bent his head down toward her and thereby prevented her from rising.
It took Lady Clare several months to accustom Shag (for that was the colt's name) to her ways.
This was a privilege which Shag could not fail to appreciate, though she never offered to return the favor by clawing him.