- an adult male deer.
- the male of various other animals.
- a man who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a woman.
- Informal. stag party.
- a swine or bull castrated after maturation of the sex organs.
- British. a speculator who buys securities of a new issue in the hope of selling them quickly at a higher price.
- Informal. (of a man) to attend a social function without a female companion.
- of or for men only: a stag dinner.
- intended for male audiences and usually pornographic in content: a stag show.
- without a companion or date: to go stag to a dance.
Origin of stag
Related Words for stagsolitary, lonely, sole, lone, singular, deserted, unattended, only, bull, festivity, function, pageant, jamboree, dance, fiesta, shindig, prom, bash, celebration, examine
Examples from the Web for stag
Contemporary Examples of stag
And there happens to be a rock with stag on top of it as a monument right outside of town.The Look of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
March 7, 2014
When "Paula" stalled at Stag, Salinger must have been relieved.
Salinger retooled it, retitled it "Paula," and sold it to Stag, a middlebrow publication for men.
“President Zal ul-Haq refused me entry to his entourage, saying it was a stag party,” Mustafa told the audience.Portraits Of Courage: Female Journalists Honored At International Women’s Media Foundation Awards
October 24, 2012
In her anger she casts a spell upon him, changing him into a stag.Ovid’s Poem Metamorphosis Set With a Contemporary Twist
July 9, 2012
Historical Examples of stag
The stag is entirely the same with that of France, only he is a little larger.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
In one year of record his score was 154 red deer and 100 stag.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
But here a stream crossed the road, 175 and the stag plunged into the water.
He looked about him on every side, and wondered where the stag had gone.
So the Tsar took off his clothes, and into the water he plunged after the stag.
- the adult male of a deer, esp a red deer
- a man unaccompanied by a woman at a social gathering
- stock exchange, British
- a speculator who applies for shares in a new issue in anticipation of a rise in price when trading commences in order to make a quick profit on resale
- (as modifier)stag operations
- (modifier) (of a social gathering) attended by men only
- (modifier) pornographic in contenta stag show
- without a female escort
- stock exchange to apply for (shares in a new issue) with the intention of selling them for a quick profit when trading commences
Word Origin for stag
late 12c., probably from Old English *stagga "stag," from Proto-Germanic *stag- (see sting). The Old Norse equivalent was used of male foxes, tomcats and dragons and the Germanic root word perhaps originally meant "male animal in its prime." Meaning "pertaining to or composed of males only" (stag party) is American English slang from 1848. Stag film "pornographic movie" is attested from 1968.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stag
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- stag party
- go stag