[ stag ]
/ stæg /
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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.
verb (used without object), stagged, stag·ging.
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.
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Origin of stag
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English stagge; akin to Old Norse steggi, steggr “male bird” (giving rise to northern English dialect steg “gander”), Icelandic steggur “male fox, tomcat”
OTHER WORDS FROM stagstaglike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stag
/ (stæɡ) /
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
Old English stagga (unattested); related to Old Norse steggr male bird
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Idioms and Phrases with stag
In addition to the idiom beginning with stag
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- stag party
- go stag
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