Main definitions of shag in English

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shag1

noun

  • 1[usually as modifier] A carpet or rug with a long, rough pile.

    ‘wall-to-wall shag carpet’
    • ‘Just make sure there are no tacks in the used shag you have.’
    • ‘Maybe his sister had been smart when she'd chosen that white shag for her floor; wood may be masculine, but it was hard on the morning senses.’
    • ‘The bed had run of the mill blankets and linens, the floor was an inexpensive shag carpet, and the ceiling had a stucco-mimic finish with some cracks running in the corners.’
    • ‘While I was allowed to ‘express myself‘by choosing bright orange shag carpet, she did draw the line in some cases.’
    • ‘Their $2000-a-night lodge apparently contained such delights as '70s-style furniture, pastel shag carpets, an indoor sauna and Jacuzzi tub.’
    • ‘When Melissa opened her eyes, she was alone in the carpeting, drowning in brown shag.’
    • ‘Any special effects are kept to a bare minimum (that is, if you consider a bolt of lighting in the sky an effect), and the scenes are about as suspenseful as watching my three year old nephew get static shocks from walking across a shag carpet.’
    • ‘Described by the artist as a ‘yellow brick road,’ a wide zigzagging pathway of yellow shag carpet with a red border meandered from the front door through the installation.’
    • ‘It shattered, pieces scattering across the orange shag carpet.’
    • ‘A windowless basement with wall-to-wall white shag carpet was what Penny and Tom Friedman encountered when they moved into their townhouse near Washington, DC.’
    • ‘The carpet appeared to be yellow shag, which felt cool when Iroka swung her feet off the bed and onto the floor.’
    • ‘She latched onto lines like ‘red carpet treatment at shag carpet prices’ and a ‘whole new age of consumer power.’’
    • ‘I've never complained to our landlord about the lump in the hallway shag that weeps blood when you step on it.’
    • ‘The floors were white soft shag usually covered with lego and other toys.’
    • ‘As I approached the flat square of grass where Judo was held, I slowed to a walk, slipping off my sandals, and plodding down into the grass, my toes squishing into it like a shag carpet.’
    • ‘The delicate serenade ‘Sparrows Over Birmingham’ and the equally touching ‘Rise’ erase the kitsch factor of the previous 40 minutes and nestle into your soul like it was shag carpet.’
    • ‘He looked only about six or seven, but was wearing shags for clothing, covered in dirt and skinnier than it was healthy to be.’
    • ‘The walls are bare, hospital white and the carpet is old brown, 70's shag.’
    • ‘The shag they sold me two years ago continues to emit waves of wispy scarlet wool that spread across the floor like Poe's red death, no matter how many times I put off having the thing cleaned.’
    • ‘His only lasting one, besides the remarkable stain on the shag carpet now covered by a throw rug, was the small metal charm inserted into the keyhole.’
    pile, fibres, threads, weave, shag, texture, feel, surface, grain
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    1. 1.1[as modifier](of a pile) long and rough.
      ‘a shag pile’
      • ‘But before you rush out to buy luridly coloured shag piles or geometric plastic furniture, bear in mind that he believes this will be retro with a twist.’
    2. 1.2Cloth with a velvet nap on one side.
  • 2A thick, tangled hairstyle or mass of hair.

    ‘her hair was cut short in a boyish shag’
    [as modifier] ‘a shag cut’
    • ‘Sometimes he'd come into psych class late and she could tell that he'd overslept and hadn't had time to tame the shag.’
    • ‘That messy shag you have your heart set on might look like a wash-and-go ‘do, but in reality it could take a lot of time to achieve.’
    • ‘Collin was tall and had blonde shag that was just barely cut off before his sea mist grey eyes.’
    • ‘I've trimmed my hair - an attractive self-executed shag - and lightened it with some drugstore color.’
    • ‘Fair comment, though it's strange to hear it coming from a guy sporting a mop-top shag haircut straight off the cover of Rubber Soul, a black T-shirt, denim pants and jacket and regulation Ray - Bans.’
    • ‘Logan ran a hand through his strawberry blond shag hair cut and stared down at the two girls in front of him.’
    • ‘It was covered in stiff, wiry gray hair, with a shag of sorts hanging off its hunched shoulders and thick neck like a mane.’
    • ‘He then gave her a layered shag to remove an optimal amount of damaged hair.’
    • ‘He's grown his shag out a little, so it hangs in his eyes in a very Ian-esque way.’
    • ‘The shag is also big for those who love their locks.’
    • ‘He was tall, taller than Candice, and he had dark black hair that fell into perfect shag.’
    • ‘Her hair, which was cut in a shag just above her ear lobes, was mouse brown.’
    • ‘Her bright blue hair was cut in a shag so it flew wildly about her face, and her gold eyes shone brightly over what would soon be very lovely features.’
    • ‘In 2000 Bill trimmed his shag to a respectable ‘suits' length and adopted a camera-perfect part.’
    • ‘He flashed me a triumphant smile as he placed it back on his oh too sexy black shag.’
    • ‘It was cut into a short shag style, very short on top with many layers and one longer layer in the back (just long enough to cover my neck).’
    • ‘The class just giggled to themselves and a really tall, arrogant looking guy leaned over, batted at the shag hanging in his eyes.’
    • ‘He had a long, brown shag that was slightly messy, dark tan cargo pants, and a green polo shirt.’
    • ‘Tobias was always late, his brown shag slightly messy, messenger bag in his hand rather than on his shoulder, coffee mug tipping in random directions.’
    • ‘A short choppy shag that drapes seductively across your forehead and cheeks would be another Libran hairstyle winner.’
  • 3A coarse kind of cut tobacco.

    • ‘He stood up and went to the side-table and selected a pipe from his rack, and then went to the Persian slipper near the fireplace that held his shag tobacco.’
    • ‘He tutted to himself, lit up a cherry shag and blew a thin tendril of smoke after them through the reassuring mesh of his cage.’
    • ‘Until recently, books about book dealing and book collecting tended to the agreeably fusty, redolent of shag tobacco and carpet slippers.’

Origin

Late Old English sceacga rough matted hair of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skegg beard and shaw.

Pronunciation:

shag

/SHaɡ/

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shag2

noun

  • 1A western European and Mediterranean cormorant with greenish-black plumage and a long curly crest in the breeding season.

    • ‘Although the majority of shags, unlike many cormorants, do not normally wander far in winter from their breeding haunts, a small number make prolonged stays on the Norfolk coast.’
    • ‘Throughout the isles you'll come across throngs of Arctic terns and both species of skuas, as well as black guillemots, gannets, shags, and Storm and Leach's petrels.’
    • ‘Out to sea lie the treacherous Little and Halliman Skerries, and at low water groups of gregarious shags often congregate on these flat rocks drying their outstretched wings, while eider ducks can be seen dunking for the bivalve mussels.’
    • ‘Cormorants and shags regurgitate pellets of fish bones and scales daily.’
    • ‘These steep pinnacles are now part of the RSPB bird sanctuary populated by the largest Arctic tern colony in north-west Europe, and home to numerous puffins, kittiwakes, shags and fulmars.’
    1. 1.1NZ Any cormorant.
      • ‘Other water birds include grey and mallard ducks, black swans, black shags.’
      • ‘The only creatures on the beach were some kayakers and some shags, and around the rocks some seals.’
      • ‘Again the attraction is bird watching, especially pied shags feeding the young birds in their nests, great crested grebe and large numbers of paradise ducks.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps a use of shag, with reference to the bird's “shaggy” crest.

Pronunciation:

shag

/SHaɡ/

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shag3

noun

  • A dance originating in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, characterized by vigorous hopping from one foot to the other.

Origin

Of obscure derivation; perhaps from obsolete shag waggle.

Pronunciation:

shag

/SHaɡ/

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shag4

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Baseball
  • Chase or catch (fly balls) for practice.

    • ‘Because there's a word, there's a way to wonder if any of our group shagging baseballs all spring might not have been a girl at all but a hybrid cultivar.’
    • ‘Lacy grew up a Senator fan and as a teenager he shagged flies in Griffith Stadium for the likes of Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Clyde Milan, and Walter Johnson.’
    • ‘At the few other games I went to by myself, I also saw him in the outfield talking with teammates while they shagged fly balls.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

shag

/SHaɡ/

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shag5

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
vulgar slang
  • Have sexual intercourse with (someone)

    sexual intercourse, intercourse, lovemaking, making love, sex act, sexual relations, anal penetration, sexual penetration, vaginal penetration
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noun

British
vulgar slang
  • 1An act of sexual intercourse.

    1. 1.1[with adjective]A sexual partner of a specified ability.

Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

shag

/SHaɡ/