Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The adult male of various deer, especially the red deer.
  • n. An animal, especially a pig, castrated after reaching sexual maturity.
  • n. A person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner, especially a man who is unaccompanied by a woman.
  • n. A social gathering for men only.
  • adj. Of or for men only: a stag party.
  • adj. Pornographic: stag films.
  • adv. Unaccompanied: went to the dance stag.
  • intransitive v. To attend a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner. Used especially of men.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adult male deer.
  • n. A colt, or filly.
  • n. A romping girl.
  • n. An improperly or late castrated bull or ram – called also a bull seg. See the Note under ox.
  • n. An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The European wren.
  • n. An unmarried male, a bachelor; a male not accompanying a female at a social event.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To act as a "stag", an irregular dealer in stocks.
  • v. To watch; to dog, or keep track of.
  • adv. Of a man, attending a formal social function without a date.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The adult male of the red deer (Cervus elaphus), a large European species closely related to the American elk, or wapiti.
  • n. The male of certain other species of large deer.
  • n. A colt, or filly; also, a romping girl.
  • n. A castrated bull; -- called also bull stag, and bull seg. See the Note under Ox.
  • n.
  • n. An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The European wren.
  • intransitive v. To act as a “stag,” or irregular dealer in stocks.
  • transitive v. To watch; to dog, or keep track of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In commercial slang, to act as a stag on the stock exchange. See stag, n., 2.
  • To follow warily, as a deer-stalker does a deer; dog; watch
  • To cut off (trousers at the knee, or boots at the ankle).
  • n. The male of various animals, especially of the deer tribe.
  • n. In commercial slang: An outside irregular dealer in stocks, not a member of the exchange.
  • n. A person who applies for the allotment of shares in a joint-stock company, not because he wishes to hold the shares, but because he hopes to sell the allotment at a premium. If he fails in this he forbears to pay the deposit, and the allotment is forfeited.
  • n. A romping girl; a hoyden.
  • n. The color of the stag; a red dirty-brown color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attend a dance or a party without a female companion
  • v. watch, observe, or inquire secretly
  • n. adult male deer
  • n. a male deer, especially an adult male red deer
  • v. give away information about somebody

Etymologies

Middle English stagge, from Old English stagga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As the word a stag is the name of a single complex idea; but the word stags by a change of termination adds to this

    Note XIV

  • Some of the chapters in that section involve game theory, and one of them covers the game known as the stag hunt.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Stag Hunt.

  • The huntsman brings in older, experienced hounds, called "tufters," to separate the stag from the herd.

    Masters of the Hunt

  • Once the stag is solitary, the huntsman's assistant, the "whipper-in," is supposed to bring up the full pack, and the hunt's members and guests fall in behind the hounds.

    Masters of the Hunt

  • What happens to the stag is that the huntsman walks over to it and prosaically shoots it in the head with a special short-barreled, folding-stock shotgun.

    Masters of the Hunt

  • The stag is taken to the kennel and skinned, and all the meat cut into small pieces and put again into the hide, and the hounds then, in this cold-blooded way, rush at a mess, instead of the whole pack, in a state of excitement, falling on the hunted animal reeking with fatigue.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • "It is no shame for me," said Credhe, "I to die for grief after Cael, since the stag is shortening his life sorrowing after the hind."

    Gods and Fighting Men

  • The traditional breakfast after ‘taking’ (Oooo’err) an early morning stag is it’s liver, it’s testicles, kidneys fried off with wild garlic served on campfire toast.

    The Most Offal Lunches Midtown has to offer… | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • I thought that the analogy with the stag was a bit laboured, Diana the Huntress becoming the hunted etc, but otherwise it seemed to be spot on.

    The Queen

  • It is not that she finds it easier to show emotion over a dead stag than a dead daughter-in-law though I'm sure many would read it that way, but rather the stag is the end of a whole way of life.

    Archive 2006-09-01

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  • A large, dead tree. Possibly this usage is just limited to Australia. Derivation...maybe from resemblance of crown of branches to stag antlers?

    July 24, 2014

  • This is a strange word.

    November 15, 2008