stag

noun
\ 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

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 Alina uses her powers to protect the stag from Kirigan. Nick Schager, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Morozova’s three mythical creatures — a stag, a dragon, and a firebird — are said to be Über-amplifiers, birthed using merzost (black magic, remember) from his own finger bones. Devon Maloney, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 This isn't the first time Alina has dreamt of the stag. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Alina awakens from a dream about a giant stag with enormous antlers. Nick Schager, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Still, Shadow and Bone does mostly manage to pull it all together in the end, and the mythical stag is very shiny and nice-looking. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 To play up the theme, there were large firepit caldrons surrounding the event tent, a topiary in the shape of a stag, and decor that incorporated wildflowers, shed antlers, birchwood, pheasant feathers, and plaid textiles. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Apr. 2021 It was made of water, but not helpfully, a stag walked inside. Katie Peterson, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 While Philip and Diana probably didn't ever team up to track down a rare stag on the grounds of Balmoral Castle, by all accounts, Princess Di did share a close bond with her father-in-law from the very beginning. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Will's head sprouts stag antlers and a raven sits on Hannibal's shoulder in a reference to the show's often surrealist imagery. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 May 2021 During the trial, the court heard that the incident took place after Hayne arrived, drunk, at the victim's home following a stag party. Sara Spary, CNN, 7 May 2021 After a wild stag party in Las Vegas, three hazy groomsmen must find their missing friend and get him back to Los Angeles in time for his wedding. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Mal, an expert tracker, is able to track the stag north into the snowy mountains that separate East Ravka from Fjerda. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Knocked out, Alina again dreams of the stag and later visits the library to research it. Nick Schager, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2021 After a wild stag party in Las Vegas, three hazy groomsmen must find their missing friend and get him back to Los Angeles in time for his wedding. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Prince Philip enjoys himself with friends at his stag party. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2021 After a wild stag party in Las Vegas, three hazy groomsmen must find their missing friend and get him back to Los Angeles in time for his wedding. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of stag was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

27 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stag. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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stag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

stag

noun
\ ˈstag How to pronounce stag (audio) \

Kids Definition of stag

: an adult male deer

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