stag

[stag]
noun
1.
an adult male deer.
2.
the male of various other animals.
3.
a man who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a woman.
4.
Informal. stag party.
5.
a swine or bull castrated after maturation of the sex organs.
6.
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, stagging.
7.
Informal. (of a man) to attend a social function without a female companion.
adjective
8.
of or for men only: a stag dinner.
9.
intended for male audiences and usually pornographic in content: a stag show.
adverb
10.
without a companion or date: to go stag to a dance.

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

staglike, adjective
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stag (stæɡ)
 
n
1.  the adult male of a deer, esp a red deer
2.  a man unaccompanied by a woman at a social gathering
3.  (Brit) stock exchange
 a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): stag operations
4.  (modifier) (of a social gathering) attended by men only
5.  (modifier) pornographic in content: a stag show
 
adv
6.  without a female escort
 
vb
7.  stock exchange to apply for (shares in a new issue) with the intention of selling them for a quick profit when trading commences
 
[Old English stagga (unattested); related to Old Norse steggr male bird]

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Word Origin & History

stag
c.1185, probably from O.E. *stagga "stag," from P.Gmc. *stag- (see sting). 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.
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Slang Dictionary

stag definition


  1. mod.
    having to do with someone going to a party without a date. (Originally said of a male.) : A bunch of the guys got together and went stag to the dance.
  2. mod.
    having to do with a gathering for men only. : The party is stag, so Tom and I are going together.
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Idioms & Phrases

stag

In addition to the idiom beginning with stag, also see go stag.

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Example sentences
One of the latter died, but the stag and remaining doe are thriving.
Imposing medieval look: turrets and gargoyles, tapestries and stag heads.
At one side, jutting into the lake, is a knoll with a group of trees sheltering a stag and doe.
Also you might want to see about summer fellowships starting next year, especially in this stag of your career.
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