Definition of stag in US English:

stag

noun

  • 1A male deer.

    • ‘But there is something absurd about the way they circle this territory like two ancient stags, their antlers locked in some primeval combat, whose origins is long forgotten.’
    • ‘In autumn the roar of the red deer stags that roam just north of the estate echoes around the castle.’
    • ‘Look out for deer, particularly stags, which in late March shed their antlers.’
    • ‘Some way ahead of us - some miles ahead of us - is a group of around 30 deer that includes three stags of suitable age for culling.’
    • ‘I camped high in the glen, with a golden eagle and a clutch of red deer stags for company.’
    • ‘Motorists are being urged to be extra vigilant this month as they drive through West Essex as deer and stags are more likely to stray onto roads as their mating season gets underway.’
    • ‘In the past the number of deer on the estate has been deliberately kept in the thousands in order to make sure that there were plenty of stags available for landowners and their guests to shoot for sport.’
    • ‘In the article, a local man described how he witnessed a badly injured stag being pursued by a 20 strong pack of hounds and up to a dozen mounted huntsmen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For future generations, Scotland's cultural and visual identity will be defined not by stags at bay but by Callum Innes's ascetic canvases, Douglas Gordon's films and Christine Borland's skulls.’
    • ‘To confirm his thoughts, a stag passed by the clearing in which the pine stood, and was caught by its antlers in thick brambles.’
    • ‘Finding good quality meat should be easy in Scotland, but it does depend enormously on the time of year and whether you should be eating stags or hinds.’
    • ‘I love to hear the seasonal sounds of migrating geese and I still feel moved by the primeval belly-roars of stags in a Highland glen.’
    • ‘Monarch of the Glen is nothing less than a heroic portrait, in which the stag transcends the animal world to embody virtues of a higher order.’
    • ‘About twenty metres ahead of him stood a white stag - its brilliant antlers glimmering in the first rays of sunlight which penetrated the trees as it drank form the pool of bright blue water.’
    • ‘Herds of 14 fallow deer are regularly seen in the area north of Braintree, with fine stags among them.’
    • ‘Maynard Smith is best known for using game theory to explain the jousting matches that one sees among the males of many species, from sticklebacks to sea lions, from stag beetles to stags.’
    • ‘The stags used in stag hunting are in effect tame farmed deer.’
    • ‘Spinning around, the hunter catches a glimpse of a heavy-bodied stag making good his escape over the ridge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hunger of each will be satisfied by the fifth part of a stag, so they agree to co-operate in a project to trap one.’
    • ‘Too late for midges, too early for snow, the glens and bens echo to the call of stags, the forests are ablaze, nights are chilly enough for you to need a fire, but days are long enough for big walks.’
    • ‘His apartment is filled with expensively bound tomes and corny Victorian paintings of stags at bay.’
    • ‘Red deer stags greeted me on the ridge crest and a buzzard wheeled away over the corrie below.’
  • 2usually as modifier A social gathering attended by men only.

    ‘a stag event’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The requirements: Best man Richard is organising the stag.’
    • ‘In this version of events, one of the employees is said to have been discussing a forthcoming stag weekend in Krakow, Poland.’
    • ‘The action takes place on Hal's stag event, an all-day pub-crawl organised by his dour friend Mr Mac.’
    • ‘Sebastian knew I had been unable to attend 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.’
    • ‘I started with a Eurostar shuttle and since then I have done weddings, private hire, conferences and a stag weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You see, in three weeks time, I attend Ex-Boss's stag weekend.’
    • ‘We can understand the reluctance of hotels to take on groups of young men intent on a wild stag weekend.’
    • ‘Speaking of a drop now and again Me Best Buddy's stag weekend (US: bachelor party) is coming up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My friend Fenner is getting married, and he's having a stag weekend abroad that I can't go to.’
    • ‘But Lorillard's impudence, and the comfort it promised, did impress many men to order dinner jackets of their own for private stag events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even my forthcoming stag weekend will be spent on the beach surfing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1North American A person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner.
      • ‘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.

adverb

North American
  • Without a partner at a social gathering.

    ‘a lot of boys went stag’
    • ‘As more betrothed couples pay for their weddings themselves, guest lists have gotten shorter, and even close friends are expected to come stag.’
    • ‘‘Most everyone's going stag and probably going to pick someone up, you know how it is,’ she shrugged.’
    • ‘No but you two both came stag and I think it would be nice of you to dance with her since she's alone,’
    • ‘She had a hard time believing that someone with the hotness quotient of Kent 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.’
    • ‘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 hadn't had enough courage to ask anyone else and had decided the previous day that she would 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.’
    • ‘I refuse to go stag, especially with my ankle; I'd just be sitting on the sidelines the entire night.’
    • ‘She had made up her mind last night that she would be okay with the fact that she was going stag to the dance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She refused to go stag to a Valentines day party so after Ashton left she would have the house to herself, hell!’
    • ‘She's really bummed and she doesn't want to go stag.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

stag

/staɡ//stæɡ/