Origin of stag

1150–1200; Middle English stagge; akin to Old Norse steggi, steggr male bird (> E (north dial.) steg gander), Icelandic steggur male fox, tomcat

OTHER WORDS FROM stag

stag·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stagging

  • A horse ought in my opinion to be quite seven years old, to take his turn regularly once a week stagging.

  • Charlie had been stagging with her for the last two months, and knocked her all to pieces.

    Phineas Redux|Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for stagging

stag
/ (stæɡ) /

noun

adverb

without a female escort

verb (tr)

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

Old English stagga (unattested); related to Old Norse steggr male bird
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Idioms and Phrases with stagging

stag

In addition to the idiom beginning with stag

  • stage fright
  • stage whisper
  • stag party

also see:

  • go stag
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