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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I don't know where they are - they've probably gone upstairs for a shag.
▪ Red-throated divers and shags feed a lot on young saithe and also on sand-eel.
▪ All she ever thinks about is shagging.
▪ To hear him talk, you'd think he's shagged every woman in town!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shag \Shag\, n. [AS. sceacga a bush of hair; akin to Icel. skegg the beard, Sw. sk["a]gg, Dan. skj?g. Cf. Schock of hair.]

  1. Coarse hair or nap; rough, woolly hair.

    True Witney broadcloth, with its shag unshorn.

  2. A kind of cloth having a long, coarse nap.

  3. (Com.) A kind of prepared tobacco cut fine.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of cormorant.


Shag \Shag\, a. Hairy; shaggy.


Shag \Shag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Shagging.] To make hairy or shaggy; hence, to make rough.

Shag the green zone that bounds the boreal skies.
--J. Barlow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "cloth having a velvet nap on one side," perhaps from Old English sceacga "rough matted hair or wool," from Proto-Germanic *skagjan (cognates: Old Norse skegg, Swedish skägg "beard"), perhaps related to Old High German scahho "promontory," Old Norse skagi "a cape, headland," with a connecting sense of "jutting out, projecting." But the word appears to be missing in Middle English. Of tobacco, "cut in fine shreds," it is recorded from 1789; of carpets, rugs, etc., from 1946.


"copulate with," 1788, probably from obsolete verb shag (late 14c.) "to shake, waggle," which probably is connected to shake (v.). \nAnd þe boot, amydde þe water, was shaggid.


\nCompare shake it in U.S. blues slang from 1920s, ostensibly with reference to dancing. But compare shag (v.), used from 1610s in a sense "to roughen or make shaggy." Also the name of a dance popular in U.S. 1930s and '40s. Related: Shagged; shagging.

in baseball, "to go after and catch" (fly balls), by 1913, of uncertain origin. Century Dictionary has it as a secondary sense of a shag (v.) "to rove about as a stroller or beggar" (1851), which is perhaps from shack (n.) "disreputable fellow" (1680s), short for shake-rag, an old term for a beggar.


Etymology 1

  1. (context obsolete English) hairy; shaggy n. 1 Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc. 2 Coarse shredded tobacco. 3 A type of rough carpet pile. v

  2. (context transitive English) To make hairy or shaggy; to roughen. Etymology 2

    n. Several species of sea birds in the family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorant family), especially the (vern common shag pedia=1) or (vern European shag pedia=1), ''Phalacrocorax aristotelis'', found on European and African coasts. Etymology 3

    n. 1 A swing dance. 2 (context slang English) An act of sexual intercourse. 3 (context slang English) A casual sexual partner. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To shake, wiggle around. 2 (context transitive vulgar slang English) To have sexual intercourse with. 3 (context Indian transitive vulgar slang English) To masturbate. 4 To chase after; especially, to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play Etymology 4

    n. (context Canada Northwestern Ontario English) A fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married.

  1. n. a strong coarse tobacco that has been shredded

  2. a matted tangle of hair or fiber; "the dog's woolly shag"

  3. a fabric with long coarse nap; "he bought a shag rug"

  4. slang terms for sexual intercourse [syn: fuck, fucking, screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shtup]

  5. a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn

  6. [also: shagging, shagged]

  1. v. dance the shag

  2. [also: shagging, shagged]

Shag (artist)

Josh Agle (born August 31, 1962) is an American artist, better known by the nickname Shag.

Shag (fabric)

A shag is a rug or carpet that has a deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance. Carpet rakes help remove dirt and restore a uniform appearance.

In recent years, shag carpeting has seen a resurgence of popularity.

Shag (film)

Shag (also known as Shag: The Movie) is a 1989 American comedy film starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film features Carolina shag dancing and was produced in cooperation with the South Carolina Film Commission. The soundtrack album was on Sire/ Warner Bros. Records.

Shag (hairstyle)

A shag cut is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths. It was created by the barber Paul McGregor. The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The layers make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes around the edges. This unisex style became popular after being worn by various celebrities, including Joan Jett, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy, Jane Fonda and Florence Henderson in the 1970s. During the 1990s Jennifer Aniston popularized "The Rachel" hairstyle, and Meg Ryan wore a shag in the early 2000s.


Shag (name)

Shag is a given name or surname of the following people

Given name
  • Shag Thomas (1924–1982), American professional wrestler
  • Avraham-Haim Shag (1883–1958), Israeli politician

Shag, Shags, Shagged or Shagging may refer to:

  • Shag (name)
  • Shag (film), a 1989 film
  • Shag (fabric), a fabric typically used to make deep-pile carpets
  • Shag or cormorant, a bird family
    • European shag, a specific species of the shag or cormorant family
    • Great cormorant another species of the family
  • Shag (tobacco), fine-cut tobacco
  • Shag (hairstyle)
  • Shag (Josh Agle), American artist
  • Shag, is a party and fundraiser for an engaged couple, also known as a stag and doe
  • Shagging (baseball), to catch fly balls in baseball outside a game
  • Shag, a character from Road Rovers
  • Shags Horan (1895-1969), American baseball player
  • Shagger (bruise), a temporary bruise caused by kissing, sucking or biting the skin forcefully enough to burst blood vessels beneath the skin
Shag (tobacco)

Shag, also known as rolling tobacco, loose tobacco, baccy and rollies is fine-cut tobacco, used to make self-made cigarettes by hand rolling the tobacco into rolling paper or injecting it into filter tubes. It got its name from the finely cut strands appearing like ' shag' and was originally considered poor quality. Various types of cut are used; most shag blends use a simple mixture of cutting styles, consisting mostly of loose cut but also krumble kake, ribbon cut and flake may be used. Some shag blends use cuts reminiscent of pipe tobacco. These were imported to the United Kingdom by Rory Innes following the Virginia tobacco plantations in North America.

A cigarette made with shag tobacco may be called a rollie, a roll-up/dole-up or hand-rolled. The flat bags in which shag is typically packaged for commercial sale are often called tobacco pouches. Oppositely, pre-processed and packaged cigarettes may be referred to colloquially as tailor-mades or straights.

Usage examples of "shag".

But he hit the porcelain ballerina when he tried to smash the big hourglass with his shag pipe.

Good things to engross, Near Banbury cross Where Tommy shall go on the nag, He makes no mistake, Buy a Banbury Cake, Books, Pictures, and Banbury Shag.

Outlandish creatures, displaying a flourish of biologically costly social adornments in the form of luxurious horns and antlers, shags, ruffs, and humps, shared the great steppes with other animals grown to magnificent size.

The few resident birds, the curious teal, the blue-eyed shag, perhaps the sheathbill, could scarcely find room to turn, and Stephen himself had to walk very carefully not to step on eggs or plunge into the burrows made by the countless whale-birds.

Here I stood, my hair chopped and shaggy, my hands still scarred from the burns in the pod, my clothing more like a medieval forester than a modern spacefarer, and standing here as I was, with my shipmates behind me in very much the same clothing, with the same shag and the same gauntness and the same hopes, I felt prouder than I ever had before.

Mismatched bones reared up, along with springs, straps, and struts, to form themselves together into an ungainly skeletal construct, to which pieces of plastic, metal, flesh, glass, and wood flew or slid, turning like puzzle pieces after unlikely congruencies, fitting themselves into such places, to be drenched suddenly by a rain of green ink and superglue, assailed by a blizzard of furniture covering and shag rug samples, dried by bursts of flame which belched from the ground upon all sides.

Shag it, Cummins thought, and he hoped to God that there was some fit lad in the car behind to do the leaping and jumping.

We always like to share eight and a half square inches of microwaved lasagne after an all-night shagging session.

Man, I could just fucking feel myself becoming a old man, watching grey hairs pop up on my head and my chest and even my fucking crotch hairs, too, and wondering if I could cut the mustard any more because I lotsa times had trouble getting my wang up and keeping it up long enough to toss a fucking boff with my wife, her all skin and bones and a mouth on her that never let up even when I was shagging her.

Man, I could just fucking feel myself becoming an old man, watching gray hairs pop up on my head and my chest and even my fucking crotch hairs, too, and wondering if I could cut the mustard any more because I lotsa times had trouble getting my wang up and keeping it up long enough to toss a fucking boff with my wife, her all skin and bones and a mouth on her that never let up even when I was shagging her.

The Keokuk team was shagging balls while I warmed up, and they kept making comments about green rookies and bushers and nitchies and such.

Rolling Stone , who is in no way cut out to be a road journalist, invokes the soul-killing anonymity of chain hotels, the rooms' terrible transient sameness: the ubiquitous floral design of the bedspreads, the multiple low-watt lamps, the pallid artwork bolted to the wall, the schizoid whisper of ventilation, the sad shag carpet, the smell of alien cleansers, the Kleenex dispensed from the wall, the automated wakeup call, the lightproof curtains, the windows that do not openever.

They would all be home watching Jimmy Dodd and the Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club or Frankie Lymon singing 'I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent' on American Bandstand while Richie went shagging ass through ladies' lingerie and housewares on his way to the toy department with sweat pouring down his back into the crack of his ass and his terrified balls strung up so high they felt like they might be hung over his bellybutton.

The wonderful Wizard had asked to join the party, and with him came his friend the Shaggy Man, who was shaggy but not ragged, being dressed in fine silks with satin shags and bobtails.

His coat was of rose-colored velvet, trimmed with shags and bobtails, with buttons of blood-red rubies and golden shags around the edges.