dag
Pronunciation Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. A hanging end or shred, in particular a long pointed strip of cloth at the edge of a piece of clothing, or one of a row of decorative strips of cloth that may ornament a tent, booth or fairground.
  2. A dangling lock of sheep’s wool matted with dung.
    • Daglocks, clotted locks hanging in dags or jags at a sheep's tail.
    • 1597-98 1597–8, Joseph_Hall_(bishop) Joseph Hall Satires, Book 5, number 1:
      To see the dunged folds of dag-tayled sheepe.
    • 1998, Wool: Volume 8, Issue 10, as published by the Massey Wool Association:
      He was one of the first significant private buyers of wool in New Zealand, playing a major part in bringing respectability to what at first was a very diverse group. He pioneered the pelletising of dag waste.
    • 1999, G. C. Waghorn, N. G. Gregory, S. E. Todd, and R. Wesselink, Dags in sheep; a look at faeces and reasons for dag formation, published in the Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association 61, on pages 43–49:
      The development of dags first requires some faeces to adhere to wool, but this is only the initial step in accumulation.
    • 2006, in the compilation of the Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, volume 46, issues 1-5, published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia), on page 7:
      [Researchers] note that free pellets are characteristic of healthy sheep and that if sheep consistently produced free pellets, wool staining and dag formation would not occur.
Synonyms Verb

dag (dags, present participle dagging; past and past participle dagged)

  1. To shear the hindquarters of a sheep in order to remove dags or prevent their formation.
    • 2010 January 29, Emma Partridge, Stock Journal, Richie Foster a cut above the rest,
      After learning how to crutch at 13, he could dag 400 sheep in a day by the spring of 1965 and earned himself more than just a bit of pocket money.
  2. To daggle or bemire.
Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. A skewer.
  2. A spit, a sharpened rod used for roasting food over a fire.
  3. (obsolete) A dagger; a poniard.
  4. (obsolete) A kind of large pistol.
    • The Spaniards discharged their dags, and hurt some.
    • A sort of pistol, called dag, was used about the same time as hand guns and harquebuts.
  5. The unbranched antler of a young deer.
Verb

dag (dags, present participle dagging; past and past participle dagged)

  1. (transitive) To skewer food, for roasting over a fire
  2. (transitive) To cut or slash the edge of a garment into dags
Interjection
  1. (US, informal) Expressing shock, awe or surprise; used as a general intensifier.
Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. (Australia slang, New Zealand derogatory slang) One who dresses unfashionably or without apparent care about appearance.
    • 2004 July 25, Debbie Kruger, Melbourne Weekly Magazine, All the World's a Stage,
      Now, wide-eyed and unfashionably excited ("I’m such a dag!" she remarks several times), she has the leading role of Viola in the Bell Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night, opening on August 10 at the Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse.
    • 2006 September 26, TV Week, Klancie Keough eliminated,
      What did you think about Mark calling you a dag?
      To me a dag is a person who doesn't have a lot of pride in their appearance or the way they present themselves — the way they sing and how they hold themselves basically. But it didn't really bother me. He said, "You're such a dag, you're cool." I took it as "you're a laidback person". The way they cut it and edited it made it sound on TV like I was grumpy about it, but I wasn't. It was pretty funny how it came across.
    • 2009 November 14, Daily Telegraph, Catherine Zeta - Hollywood's biggest dag?,
      SHE is one of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies and has access to any fashion designers, so then why is Catherine Zeta-Jones dressing like a bag lady?
    • 2010 January 15, Michael Dwyer, The Age, Talented dag plucks up the cool,
      A graduate of film studies in New York, May has had a hand in editing two of his three videos. Each casts him as a bespectacled dag in a world of glamour.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Russian: неряха
Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. (graph theory) A directed acyclic graph; an ordered pair (V, E) such that E is a subset of some partial ordering relation on V.
Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. A misty shower; dew.
Verb

dag (dags, present participle dagging; past and past participle dagged)

  1. (UK, dialect) To be misty; to drizzle.
Noun

dag (plural dags)

  1. (chiefly, Ireland) Eye dialect spelling of dog#English|dog.
    • 2000, Guy Ritchie, Snatch, quoted in, Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino, Translation and Localisation in Video Games: Making Entertainment Software Global, Routledge ISBN 9781317617846, page 68:
      Mickey: Dags! D' ya like dags?
    • 2014, John P Brady, Back to the Gaff, Roadside Fiction ISBN 9780992932305, page 131:
      There it was again, that old Gaelic verb pronounced 'scriss,' that those involved in fighting talk apparently exuded on occasion. It could have been 'D'ya wanna buy a dag?' it was all the same.

DAG
Noun
  1. Initialism of deputy attorney general
  2. (computer science, mathematics) Initialism of directed acyclic graph
  3. (US, legal) Initialism of
  4. (biochemistry) Initialism of diacylglycerol



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