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

  • n. A lock of matted or dung-coated wool.
  • n. A hanging end or shred.
  • abbr. decagram

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Symbol for the decagram, an SI unit of mass equal to 101 grams.
  • n. A hanging end or shred, in particular a long pointed strip of cloth at the edge of a piece of clothing, or one of a row of decorative strips of cloth that may ornament a tent, booth or fairground.
  • n. A dangling lock of sheep’s wool matted with dung.
  • v. To shear the hindquarters of a sheep in order to remove dags or prevent their formation.
  • n. A skewer.
  • n. A spit, a sharpened rod used for roasting food over a fire.
  • v. To skewer food, for roasting over a fire
  • v. To cut or slash the edge of a garment into dags
  • n. One who dresses unfashionably or without apparent care about appearance.
  • n. A directed acyclic graph; an ordered pair such that is a subset of some partial ordering relation on .
  • interj. Expressing shock, awe or surprise; used as a general intensifier.
  • v. To be misty; to drizzle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dagger; a poniard.
  • n. A large pistol formerly used.
  • n. The unbranched antler of a young deer.
  • n. A misty shower; dew.
  • n. A loose end; a dangling shred.
  • intransitive v. To be misty; to drizzle.
  • transitive v. To daggle or bemire.
  • transitive v. To cut into jags or points; to slash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bedew; daggle.
  • To rain gently; drizzle: as, it dags.
  • To run thick.
  • To pierce or stab with a dagger.
  • To cut into slips.
  • To cut out a pattern on (the edge of a garment).
  • To cut off the skirts of, as the fleece of sheep.
  • n. In parts of Scotland, a thin or gentle rain, a thick fog or mist, or a heavy shower.
  • n. A dagger (which see).
  • n. A pistol; a long, heavy pistol, with the handle only slightly curved, formerly in use. Also called, especially in Scotland, tack.
  • n. [From the verb.] A stab or thrust with a dagger.
  • n. A loose pendent end; a pointed strip or extremity.
  • n. Specifically— A leather strap; a shoe-latchet, or the like.
  • n. An ornamental pointed form, one of many into which the edge of a garment was cut, producing an effect something like a fringe: used especially in the second half of the fourteenth century. Also spelled dagge.
  • n. A short tapering or pointed piece of metal like the point of a dagger, used to interlock timbers with each other, or to form the stabbing or piercing teeth on rolls for breaking coal.
  • n. The first antler of a buck, which is slender, almost straight, and without branches, thus resembling a dagger or dag.

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

  • n. 10 grams
  • n. a flap along the edge of a garment; used in medieval clothing


Middle English dagge, shred.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English dagge, of uncertain (probably Germanic) origin, cognate with (Middle) Dutch dag, dagge, dagh. (Wiktionary)
From daglock or daggle-lock. (Wiktionary)
From Old French dague (from Old Provençal dague, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *daca ("Dacian knife"), from the Roman province Dacia (roughly modern Romania); the ending is possibly the faintly pejorative -ard suffix, as in poignard 'dagger'); cognate with dagger. (Wiktionary)
Variation of dang This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from daggy. (Wiktionary)
Initialism for directed acyclic graph. (Wiktionary)



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