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shag

noun \ ˈshag \

Definition of shag

1 a : a shaggy tangled mass or covering (as of hair)
b : long coarse or matted fiber, nap, or pile
c : a layered haircut of uneven length
2 : tobacco cut into fine shreds
3 : any of various waterbirds related to the cormorants; also : cormorant 1

Origin and Etymology of shag

Middle English *shagge, from Old English sceacga; akin to Old Norse skegg beard, skaga to project

First Known Use: before 12th century


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shag

adjective

Definition of shag

: shaggy

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shag

verb

Definition of shag

shagged; shagging
: to fall or hang in shaggy masses
: to make rough or shaggy

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shag

verb

Definition of shag

shagged; shagging
chiefly British, informal + usually vulgar
: to have sexual intercourse with

Origin and Etymology of shag

earlier argot, probably ultimately from Middle English shoggen, shaggen to shake — more at shog

First Known Use: 1788


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shag

verb

Definition of shag

shagged; shagging
1 a : to chase after; especially : to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play
b : to catch (a fly) in baseball practice
2 : to chase away

Origin and Etymology of shag

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1896

Other Baseball Terms


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shag

verb

Definition of shag

shagged; shagging
1 : to move or lope along
2 : to dance the shag

Origin and Etymology of shag

variant of shog

First Known Use: 1914

Other Dance Terms


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shag

noun

Definition of shag

: any of various dances of the southern U.S. that employ lively footwork with a minimum of upper-body motion


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