Definition of stag in English:



  • 1A male deer, especially a male red deer after its fifth year.

    • ‘Beyond it great beams of light lit up the depths of Glen Loyne and somewhere down below, red deer stags roared defiance at each other across the glen.’
    • ‘I camped high in the glen, with a golden eagle and a clutch of red deer stags for company.’
    • ‘Red deer stags greeted me on the ridge crest and a buzzard wheeled away over the corrie below.’
    • ‘Around 70,000 red deer stags and hinds are shot every year out of a total population of around 350,000 animals that has been growing since the Second World War because of increasingly mild winters and a lack of natural predators.’
    1. 1.1A turkeycock over one year old.
      • ‘Selective breeding has made turkey stags so broad-breasted, they cannot mate without crushing the female.’
      • ‘I like to see mature stags display all their colours to attract the female.’
      • ‘It acquires and keeps domestically-raised stags.’
      • ‘With ten classes ranging from a stag over 11 kg, to a brace of seasonal turkeys and a butchers presentation class, the judge was given a difficult task.’
      • ‘Mick Greenwood took the award for the best hen class while the prize for the best stag went to Jake Walford and the pullet class winner was Dewi Jones.’
  • 2[usually as modifier] A social gathering attended by men only.

    ‘a stag event’
    • ‘You see, in three weeks time, I attend Ex-Boss's stag weekend.’
    • ‘The requirements: Best man Richard is organising the stag.’
    • ‘The worst that befell me on my stag weekend, held in the sedate surrounds of a barge boat, was a hard-boiled egg eating competition.’
    • ‘We can understand the reluctance of hotels to take on groups of young men intent on a wild stag weekend.’
    • ‘Sebastian knew I had been unable to attend his stag weekend.’
    • ‘I started with a Eurostar shuttle and since then I have done weddings, private hire, conferences and a stag weekend.’
    • ‘Coniston have a problem with their semi-final tie, however, for they have applied for a free date on March 12 when the ties are due to be played, as a lot of the first team will be on a stag weekend.’
    • ‘Trainer Stan Moore is in Portugal attending a stag weekend and this victory will give him even more cause to celebrate as it is his first Listed success.’
    • ‘Most of the squad and some ex-players took advantage of a rare Sunday off to go on veteran prop Andy Precious' stag weekend in the East Midlands city.’
    • ‘So instead the three of us filled our flasks with rum and whiskey and went up to Griffins at the St. George's Club for a stag dinner of fish chowder, wahoo and Corona.’
    • ‘In this version of events, one of the employees is said to have been discussing a forthcoming stag weekend in Krakow, Poland.’
    • ‘My friend Fenner is getting married, and he's having a stag weekend abroad that I can't go to.’
    • ‘With former skipper Nigel Durham heading to Cork for his stag weekend, York have opted not to fill the various gaps in their playing strength by taking a week off at first-team level.’
    • ‘That's how a bus company director from Southend described the honour of driving England's World Cup-winning rugby heroes on their victory parade following his stag weekend.’
    • ‘My brother's stag guests are travelling up on Saturday morning, and the festivities will kick off almost as soon as they get here.’
    • ‘The last target I had set myself was to attend my brother's wedding so, when I received the itinerary of his stag weekend, I knew I didn't have far to go.’
    • ‘The action takes place on Hal's stag event, an all-day pub-crawl organised by his dour friend Mr Mac.’
    • ‘Speaking of a drop now and again Me Best Buddy's stag weekend (US: bachelor party) is coming up.’
    • ‘Even my forthcoming stag weekend will be spent on the beach surfing.’
    • ‘But Lorillard's impudence, and the comfort it promised, did impress many men to order dinner jackets of their own for private stag events.’
    1. 2.1North American A man who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a female partner.
      ‘they have a rule against stags’
      • ‘Now just 2% of visitors to Temple Bar are stags and hens, and 70% of drinkers there are Irish.’
  • 3British Stock Market
    A person who applies for shares in a new issue with a view to selling at once for a profit.

    ‘stags made an average profit of £60 each’


North American
  • Without a female partner at a social gathering.

    ‘a lot of boys went stag’
    • ‘No but you two both came stag and I think it would be nice of you to dance with her since she's alone,’
    • ‘I refuse to go stag, especially with my ankle; I'd just be sitting on the sidelines the entire night.’
    • ‘As more betrothed couples pay for their weddings themselves, guest lists have gotten shorter, and even close friends are expected to come stag.’
    • ‘She had a hard time believing that someone with the hotness quotient of Kent would go stag.’
    • ‘She refused to go stag to a Valentines day party so after Ashton left she would have the house to herself, hell!’
    • ‘If even nice, quiet, very, very shy Natalie Pierce has a date then I mind as well give up now, go stag, and wear a sign that says ‘loser’ around my neck.’
    • ‘She had made up her mind last night that she would be okay with the fact that she was going stag to the dance.’
    • ‘‘Most everyone's going stag and probably going to pick someone up, you know how it is,’ she shrugged.’
    • ‘She hadn't had enough courage to ask anyone else and had decided the previous day that she would go stag.’
    • ‘Nina and Beth were going stag, and they were going to meet up with Topher, Jill, and their dates at this little Italian dive called Pomodoro.’
    • ‘Even Selene has a date - with Kyle, go figure - and I'm going to be the only one going stag.’
    • ‘She's really bummed and she doesn't want to go stag.’
    • ‘The Grumbleweeds maintain the enviable skill of being able to entertain an audience ranging from family to stag to corporate with apparent ease.’
    • ‘But, if she tried to go stag and meet Jack there, her father would probably decided to go on a road trip, which would be better for the family and soul.’


  • 1British Stock Market
    Buy (shares in a new issue) and sell them at once for a profit.

    ‘they made profits from stagging each issue’
    • ‘The restriction could limit the opportunity for stagging the stock.’
    • ‘When investors rediscover stagging - applying for shares in new (and typically low quality) companies with the intention of selling them at the first opportunity for a quick profit - then it's time to worry.’
  • 2North American informal Roughly cut (a garment, especially a pair of trousers) to make it shorter.

    ‘stagged jeans’
    • ‘Hels was a short, stocky man in a plaid jumper, stagged trousers and boots.’
    • ‘The men looked alike at first; rough-looking, in their heavy boots, plaid shirts and stagged pants.’


Middle English (as a noun): related to Old Norse steggr male bird, Icelandic steggi tomcat.