\ ˈstag \
plural stags

Definition of stag 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 or plural stag : an adult male red deer also : the male of various other deer (especially genus Cervus)

2 chiefly Scotland : a young horse especially : a young unbroken stallion

3 : a male animal castrated after sexual maturity — compare steer sense 1

4 : a young adult male domestic chicken or turkey

5a : a social gathering of men only

b : one who attends a dance or party without a companion


stagged; stagging

Definition of stag (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb


: to spy on

intransitive verb

: to attend a dance or party without a companion



Definition of stag (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : restricted to men a stag party

b : intended for a male audience especially : pornographic stag movies

2 : unaccompanied by someone of the opposite sex stag women

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Other words from stag


stag adverb

Examples of stag in a Sentence


a stash of stag flicks that were hidden in the basement

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The night Donna was attacked, Regan’s first cousin held a stag party for his friends. Ruth Padawer, New York Times, "Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?," 19 June 2018 There are half-naked lovers, fishing cupids, chariots pulled by horse-size birds, elephants and ostriches and stags, mythological animals —and women in bikinis batting a ball. Alice Short,, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 Once March arrives, the sports stags wind down, everybody's a hoops expert and the neighbor that used to piddle in his yard returns from hibernation. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Springer: Who has the best path to March?," 21 Jan. 2018 Anderson High School will have featured speaker Sean Casey for its sports stag. James Weber,, "Hall of Fame lineup on tap for high school sports stags/dinners," 18 Jan. 2018 There was Ingrid Silva soaring into a stag leap, her partner flawlessly catching her in midair. Laura Bleiberg,, "Dance Theatre of Harlem comes full circle with stirring Broad Stage program," 22 Apr. 2018 And a growing commitment to augmenting the grotesqueries of Gothick design, colored glass at the windows lending the place a cathedral air with images not of saints but suns and moons, stars, falcons, an antlered stag. Longreads, "The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone," 17 Apr. 2018 Contrary to some people’s vision of the Dutch city, Amsterdam isn’t all roaming packs of British stag parties and college-aged tourists. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Amsterdam," 16 Apr. 2018 This is the remarkable moment a lucky man managed to capture two majestic stags rutting under a perfect rainbow. Arthur Vundla, Fox News, "Hiker captures incredible photos of stags against perfect rainbow," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stag


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stag


Middle English stagge, from Old English stagga; akin to Old Norse andarsteggi drake


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English Language Learners Definition of stag

: an adult male deer


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Kids Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

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