stag

noun
\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

stag

verb
stagged; stagging

Definition of stag (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

British

: to spy on

intransitive verb

: to attend a dance or party without a companion

stag

adjective

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

Adjective

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

If someone spots a hare and decides to go after it, the stag escapes and everyone else ends up hungry. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Low-caste men in India cooperate like college students," 7 Nov. 2018 The two stags were evenly matched, with no clear cut winner. Fox News, "Deer fight goes viral after images of stags locked in battle emerge," 21 Sep. 2018 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, latimes.com, "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, Cincinnati.com, "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, Cincinnati.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

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First Known Use of stag

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stag

Noun

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

Verb

stag (informer)

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stag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

stag

noun
\ˈstag \

Kids Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

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