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English

Etymology

From Old Norse steggr[1] or steggi (he-bird)[2]; or
(Verification for this etymology is sought): From Middle English, probably from Old English *stagga, from Proto-Germanic *stag- (male in its prime)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
stag

Plural
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A stag deer of species Cervus nippon. (2)
  1. The adult male of the red deer (Cervus elaphus), a large European species closely related to the American elk, or wapiti.
  2. The male of certain other species of large deer.
  3. A colt, or filly.
  4. A romping girl.
  5. An improperly or late castrated bull or ram; -- called also a bull seg. See the Note under Ox.
  6. An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange.
  7. 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.
  8. The European wren.
  9. A social event 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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Verb

Infinitive
to stag

Third person singular
stag

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
g

to stag (third-person singular simple present stag, present participle g, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (intransitive, UK) To act as a "stag", an irregular dealer in stocks.
  2. (transitive) To watch; to dog, or keep track of.

Translations

Adverb

stag (not comparable)

Positive
stag

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of a man, attending a formal social function without a date.
    My brother went stag to prom because he couldn't find a date.

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Part or all of this page 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Etymology in Webster's Dictionary
  2. ^ Etymology in Julius Pokorny's Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch

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