Definition of stag in English:



  • 1A male deer.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Herds of 14 fallow deer are regularly seen in the area north of Braintree, with fine stags among them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stags used in stag hunting are in effect tame farmed deer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spinning around, the hunter catches a glimpse of a heavy-bodied stag making good his escape over the ridge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His apartment is filled with expensively bound tomes and corny Victorian paintings of stags at bay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To confirm his thoughts, a stag passed by the clearing in which the pine stood, and was caught by its antlers in thick brambles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[usually as modifier]A social gathering attended by men only.
      ‘a stag event’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this version of events, one of the employees is said to have been discussing a forthcoming stag weekend in Krakow, Poland.’
      • ‘But Lorillard's impudence, and the comfort it promised, did impress many men to order dinner jackets of their own for private stag events.’
      • ‘I started with a Eurostar shuttle and since then I have done weddings, private hire, conferences and a stag weekend.’
      • ‘My friend Fenner is getting married, and he's having a stag weekend abroad that I can't go to.’
      • ‘Even my forthcoming stag weekend will be spent on the beach surfing.’
      • ‘You see, in three weeks time, I attend Ex-Boss's 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.’
      • ‘My brother's stag guests are travelling up on Saturday morning, and the festivities will kick off almost as soon as they get here.’
      • ‘Sebastian knew I had been unable to attend his stag weekend.’
      • ‘The requirements: Best man Richard is organising the stag.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2North 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.’
  • 2British Stock Market
    A person who applies for shares in a new issue with a view to selling at once for a profit.


North American
  • Without a partner at a social gathering.

    ‘a lot of boys went stag’
    • ‘Even Selene has a date - with Kyle, go figure - and I'm going to be the only one going 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 made up her mind last night that she would be okay with the fact that she was going stag to the dance.’
    • ‘She's really bummed and she doesn't want to go stag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Grumbleweeds maintain the enviable skill of being able to entertain an audience ranging from family to stag to corporate with apparent ease.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘‘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.’


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