shag

1
[ shag ]
/ ʃæg /

noun

verb (used with or without object), shagged, shag·ging.

to make or become rough or shaggy.

Nearby words

  1. shaft house,
  2. shaftesbury,
  3. shaftesbury, anthony ashley cooper, 1st earl of,
  4. shaftesbury, anthony ashley cooper, 7th earl of,
  5. shafting,
  6. shaganappi,
  7. shagbark,
  8. shaggable,
  9. shagged,
  10. shaggy

Origin of shag

1
before 1050; Old English sceacga (wooly) hair (not recorded in ME); cognate with Old Norse skegg beard; akin to shaw

Related formsshag·like, adjective

shag

2
[ shag ]
/ ʃæg /

noun

a small cormorant, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, of European coasts.
any of several small cormorants of the Southern Hemisphere.

Origin of shag

2
1560–70; perhaps special use of shag1, applied first to bird's crest

shag

3
[ shag ]
/ ʃæg /

verb (used without object), shagged, shag·ging.

to dance a step with a vigorous hopping on each foot.

noun

this dance step.

Origin of shag

3
First recorded in 1350–1400; perhaps variant of shog

shag

4
[ shag ]
/ ʃæg /

verb (used with object), shagged, shag·ging.

to chase or follow after; pursue.
to go after and bring back; fetch.
Baseball. to retrieve and throw back (fly balls) in batting practice.

Origin of shag

4
1930–35; origin uncertain; see shack2

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British Dictionary definitions for shag

shag

1
/ (ʃæɡ) /

noun

a matted tangle, esp of hair, wool, etc
a napped fabric, usually a rough wool
shredded coarse tobacco

verb shags, shagging or shagged

(tr) to make shaggy

Word Origin for shag

Old English sceacga; related to sceaga shaw 1, Old Norse skegg beard, skagi tip, skōgr forest

noun

a cormorant, esp the green cormorant (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
like a shag on a rock Australian slang abandoned and alone

Word Origin for shag

C16: special use of shag 1, with reference to its crest

verb shags, shagging or shagged

to have sexual intercourse with (a person)
(tr often foll by out; usually passive) to exhaust; tire

noun

an act of sexual intercourse

Word Origin for shag

C20: of unknown origin

usage

Though still likely to cause offence to many older or more conservative people, this word has lost a lot of its shock value of late. It seems to have a jocular, relaxed connotation, which most of the other words in this field do not. No doubt its acceptability has been accelerated by its use in the title of an Austin Powers film. Interestingly, though advertisements for the film caused a large number of complaints to the British Advertising Standards Authority, they were not upheld

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Word Origin and History for shag
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