Shag definition

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To engage in sexual intercourse with.
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To engage in sexual intercourse.
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(baseball) To chase and catch (fly balls) in practice.
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A haircut, short in front and longer in back, with multiple layers cut so as to produce a stylishly unkempt look.
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To make shaggy; roughen.
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A dance step of the 1930s consisting of a hop on each foot in turn.
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(rare) Heavily matted wool or hair.
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Coarse shredded tobacco.
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To shag is a slang term meaning to have sex with someone.

An example of shag is a guy telling his friend he had shagged, had sex with, a girl.

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Shag is thick piled carpet or fabric.

An example of shag is the carpet most popular in the 1970s.

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The definition of a shag is a haircut which is shorter in the front and longer in the back and has many layers to give a soft, messy look.

An example of a shag was Jennifer Aniston's hairstyle on the tv show Friends.

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Any of several cormorants, especially Phalacrocorax aristotelis of Europe and North Africa.
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Any of several cormorants, esp. an American double-crested species (Phalacrocorax auritus) or a European species (P. aristotelis)
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To chase after and retrieve (baseballs hit in batting practice)
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An act of sexual intercourse.
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(vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
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(India, vulgar slang) To masturbate.
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To perform the dance called the shag.
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(slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
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(slang) A casual sexual partner.
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A tangle or mass, especially of rough matted hair.
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To perform or execute this dance.
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To chase and bring back; fetch.
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Cloth having such a nap.
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Cloth with such a nap.
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Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc.
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A type of rough carpet pile.
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To make hairy or shaggy; to roughen.
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(obsolete) Hairy; shaggy.

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Several species of sea birds in the family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorant family), especially the common shag or European shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, found on European and African coasts.
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(intransitive) To shake, wiggle around.
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To chase after; especially : to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play.
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(Canada, Northwestern Ontario) A fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married.
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A rug with a thick rough pile.
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To have sexual intercourse with.
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Coarse shredded tobacco.
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To make shaggy or rough.
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A coarse long nap, as on a woolen cloth.
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Any disordered or tangled mass.
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Coarse, shredded tobacco.
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A heavy, rough nap, as on some woolen cloth.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shag
Plural:
shags

Origin of shag

  • Middle English shagge from Old English sceacga matted hair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from obsolete shag to shake, wiggle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from obsolete shag to shake

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from its shaggy crest

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *schagge, from Old English sceacga (“hair"), from Proto-Germanic *skaggijÄ… (“beard, stem"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kek-, *(s)keg- (“to jump, move, hurry"). Akin to Old Norse skegg, beard (compare Danish skæg, spelling before the writing reform of 1948: skjæg, Norwegian skjegg, Swedish skägg), from Old Norse skaga, to protrude.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown. Possibly from "Shagal", Hebrew word found at De. 28:30 meaning "rape" or "violate".

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps a derivative of Etymology 1, above, with reference to the bird's shaggy crest.

    From Wiktionary

  • Blend of shower (“bridal shower") and stag (“bachelor party").

    From Wiktionary