Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) An adult male deer.
  2. (countable) A colt, or filly.
  3. (by extension, countable, obsolete) A romping girl; a tomboy.
  4. (countable) An improperly or late castrated bull or ram – also called a bull seg (see note under ox).
  5. (countable, finance) An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange.
  6. (countable, finance) One who applies for the allotment of shares in new projects, with a view to sell immediately at a premium, and not to hold the stock.
  7. (countable) The Eurasian wren, Troglodytes troglodytes.
  8. (countable, usually attributive) An unmarried male, a bachelor; a male not accompanying a female at a social event.
    a stag dance; a stag party
  9. (countable) A social event for males held in honor of a groom on the eve of his wedding, attended by male friends of the groom, sometimes a fund-raiser.
    The stag will be held in the hotel's ballroom.
  10. (countable) A stag beetle (family Lucanidae).
    • 2007, Eric R. Eaton, ‎Kenn Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (page 132)
      Members of the genus Pasimachus […] can be confused with stag beetles […] but stags have elbowed antennae.
  11. (uncountable, UK, military, slang) Guard duty.
    • 2000, Richard Tomlinson, The big breach: from top secret to maximum security (page 31)
      Between shifts on stag or manning the radio, we grabbed a few hours sleep.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: cerf
  • German: Hirsch, Hirschbock, Rothirsch
  • Italian: cervo
  • Portuguese: veado adulto
  • Russian: оле́нь
  • Spanish: ciervo
Translations Translations
  • German: wilde Hummel
Translations Translations
  • German: Konzertzeichner
Translations Verb

stag (stags, present participle stagging; past and past participle stagged)

  1. (intransitive, British) To act as a "stag", an irregular dealer in stocks.
  2. (transitive) To watch; to dog, or keep track of.
    Synonyms: shadow
Translations Adverb

stag (not comparable)

  1. Of a man, attending a formal social function without a date.
    My brother went stag to prom because he couldn't find a date.

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