c.1185, probably from O.E. *stagga
"stag," from P.Gmc. *stag-
). The O.N. equivalent was used of male foxes, tomcats and dragons and the Gmc. root word probably originally meant "male animal in its prime." Meaning "pertaining to or composed of males only" (stag party
) is Amer.Eng. slang from 1848. Stag film
"pornographic movie" is attested from 1968.