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stag

[stag] /stæg/
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
1150-1200; Middle English stagge; akin to Old Norse steggi, steggr male bird (> E (north dial.) steg gander), Icelandic steggur male fox, tomcat
Related forms
staglike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for staglike

stag

/stæɡ/
noun
1.
the adult male of a deer, esp a red deer
2.
a man unaccompanied by a woman at a social gathering
3.
(stock exchange, Brit)
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): stag operations
4.
(modifier) (of a social gathering) attended by men only
5.
(modifier) pornographic in content: a stag show
adverb
6.
without a female escort
verb (transitive)
7.
(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
Old English stagga (unattested); related to Old Norse steggr male bird
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Word Origin and History for staglike

stag

n.

late 12c., probably from Old English *stagga "stag," from Proto-Germanic *stag- (see sting). The Old Norse equivalent was used of male foxes, tomcats and dragons and the Germanic root word perhaps originally meant "male animal in its prime." Meaning "pertaining to or composed of males only" (stag party) is American English slang from 1848. Stag film "pornographic movie" is attested from 1968.

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Slang definitions & phrases for staglike

stag

adjective

For men only; without women: a stag function/ Several of the brothers were going to the dance stag (1873+)

noun
  1. A man who goes to a party alone, without a woman partner (1905+)
  2. (also stag party)A party for men only, such as a bachelor party: as broad as the jokes at a Legion stag (1904+)

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Idioms and Phrases with staglike

stag

In addition to the idiom beginning with stag also see: go stag
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