From Middle English steg, stagge, from Old English stagga, stacga (“a stag”) and Old Norse steggi, steggr (“a male animal”), both from Proto-Germanic *staggijô, *staggijaz (“male, male deer, porcupine”), from Proto-Indo-European *stegʰ-, *stengʰ- (“to sting; rod, blade; sharp, stiff”). Cognate with Icelandic steggi, steggur (“stag”) and Albanian shtagë (“long stick, pole, schaft”). Related to staggard, staggon.
stag (plural stags)
- An adult male deer.
- A colt, or filly.
- (by extension, obsolete) A romping girl.
- An improperly or late castrated bull or ram – called also a bull seg. See the Note under ox.
- An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange.
- One who applies for the allotment of shares in new projects, with a view to sell immediately at a premium, and not to hold the stock.
- The European wren, Troglodyles troglodytes.
- (usually attributive) An unmarried male, a bachelor; a male not accompanying a female at a social event.
- A social event for males held in honor of a groom on the eve of his wedding, attended by male friends of the groom, sometimes a fund-raiser.
- The stag will be held in the hotel's ballroom
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- (intransitive, UK) To act as a "stag", an irregular dealer in stocks.
- (transitive) To watch; to dog, or keep track of.
stag (not comparable)
- Of a man, attending a formal social function without a date.
- My brother went stag to prom because he couldn't find a date.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.