What does shag mean?
Shag means "to have sex" with someone in British slang.
Examples of shag
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.
“I canna spell but I can get shagged” Hahaha love hungover days with my pals
— Josh (@_Joshaaay) December 22, 2018
Come the late 1960s, a sexually attractive person was described as a shag. This was often said of a women, but also sometimes men, e.g., He was a good shag, but he’s not that bright.
Hey, I'm not just an ugly face, I'm also a lousy shag. #unsuccessfulpickuplines
— Carne Procesada (@ZeusGeronimo) February 11, 2013
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).
You can shag later. Austin Powers is on right now. pic.twitter.com/eHQsNf2H5p
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) October 23, 2016
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.”
Who uses shag?
Referring to “sex” as shagging is closely associated with British slang.
maybe if my friends were nicer to me I’d stop shagging there dads
— Jade Lea Carrington (@Jadeycarrington) December 17, 2018
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.
Imagine choosing a shag over your best mate !!!
— G🌻 (@_Georgia2000) December 20, 2018
The tone of shag is dirty and definitely informal, though far less vulgar than fuck.
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