\ ˈstag How to pronounce stag (audio) \
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

Other Words from stag


stag adverb

Examples of stag in a Sentence

Adjective a stash of stag flicks that were hidden in the basement
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Animals dot the sides, including a running stag, birds and a rabbit. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 But despite almost losing his life in a fall at Red Rock in Nevada with climber Alex Honnold, the method actor and musician claims that the most physically demanding workout of all is performing on stag with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 16 Apr. 2022 On his way to fight the Trojan War, King Agamemnon accidentally kills a favorite stag of Artemis, the goddess of wild animals and chastity. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2022 Of the pros represented at Moeller's annual stag, only Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter was alive in 1995. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2022 Items seized include the Stag's Head Rhyton, a ceremonial vessel depicting a stag's head which dates to 400 BCE. CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 The stag’s head is valued at $3.5 million, the district attorney said. NBC News, 7 Dec. 2021 Adams said that the stag, or male deer, has very identifiable antlers. Parish Howard, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Think of a lion's mane, a peacock's feathers or a stag's antlers. Katie Hunt, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The original emblem was a single red shield with a stag head, meant to reflect Dunbar's Scottish family crest, GM said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2022 Its cameras catch the nighttime moves of black rhinos gathering at a Kenyan waterhole, Chilean stag beetles locking jaws in a battle for a mate, and the first-ever footage of a 2-month old orca taking part in the hunt of gray-whale calf. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 One of game theory’s classic dilemmas is called the stag hunt. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2022 Iphigenia was sent to her death to make amends for the slaying of a stag dear to the heart of Artemis, who, in a proverbial huff, halted the winds and stalled the onset of the Trojan War. Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2021 That is the power of digital transformation in a stag inflationary period. Michael Gale, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Alina subsequently uses that blade to slash Kirigan, removing the stag bone that was embedded in his hand. Nick Schager,, 23 Apr. 2021 Up to this time, Holmes had been doing mostly photo layouts, stag films and 8-mm bookstore loops. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 But there were plenty — perhaps a minority, perhaps not — who invoked that stag-party spirit of England, the team, who assumed that the occasion meant anything goes. New York Times, 16 July 2021 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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: an adult male deer

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