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shag1

Syllabification: shag
Pronunciation: /SHaɡ
 
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noun

1 [usually as modifier] A carpet or rug with a long, rough pile: wall-to-wall shag carpet
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  • A windowless basement with wall-to-wall white shag carpet was what Penny and Tom Friedman encountered when they moved into their townhouse near Washington, DC.
  • She latched onto lines like ‘red carpet treatment at shag carpet prices’ and a ‘whole new age of consumer power.’
  • It shattered, pieces scattering across the orange shag carpet.
1.1 [as modifier] (Of a pile) long and rough: a shag pile
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  • But before you rush out to buy luridly coloured shag piles or geometric plastic furniture, bear in mind that he believes this will be retro with a twist.
2A thick, tangled hairstyle or mass of hair: her hair was cut short in a boyish shag [as modifier]: a shag cut
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  • Logan ran a hand through his strawberry blond shag hair cut and stared down at the two girls in front of him.
  • Fair comment, though it's strange to hear it coming from a guy sporting a mop-top shag haircut straight off the cover of Rubber Soul, a black T-shirt, denim pants and jacket and regulation Ray - Bans.
  • It was covered in stiff, wiry gray hair, with a shag of sorts hanging off its hunched shoulders and thick neck like a mane.
3 (also shag tobacco) A coarse kind of cut tobacco.
Example sentences
  • He stood up and went to the side-table and selected a pipe from his rack, and then went to the Persian slipper near the fireplace that held his shag tobacco.
  • Until recently, books about book dealing and book collecting tended to the agreeably fusty, redolent of shag tobacco and carpet slippers.
  • He tutted to himself, lit up a cherry shag and blew a thin tendril of smoke after them through the reassuring mesh of his cage.

Origin

late Old English sceacga 'rough matted hair', of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skegg 'beard' and shaw2.

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shag2

Syllabification: shag
Pronunciation: /SHaɡ
 
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noun

1A western European and Mediterranean cormorant with greenish-black plumage and a long curly crest in the breeding season.
  • Phalacrocorax aristotelis, family Phalacrocoracidae
Example sentences
  • Although the majority of shags, unlike many cormorants, do not normally wander far in winter from their breeding haunts, a small number make prolonged stays on the Norfolk coast.
  • Throughout the isles you'll come across throngs of Arctic terns and both species of skuas, as well as black guillemots, gannets, shags, and Storm and Leach's petrels.
  • These steep pinnacles are now part of the RSPB bird sanctuary populated by the largest Arctic tern colony in north-west Europe, and home to numerous puffins, kittiwakes, shags and fulmars.
1.1chiefly New Zealand Any cormorant.
Example sentences
  • Other water birds include grey and mallard ducks, black swans, black shags.
  • Again the attraction is bird watching, especially pied shags feeding the young birds in their nests, great crested grebe and large numbers of paradise ducks.
  • The only creatures on the beach were some kayakers and some shags, and around the rocks some seals.

Origin

mid 16th century: perhaps a use of shag1, with reference to the bird's “shaggy” crest.

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shag3

Syllabification: shag
Pronunciation: /SHaɡ
 
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noun

A dance originating in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, characterized by vigorous hopping from one foot to the other.

Origin

of obscure derivation; perhaps from obsolete shag 'waggle'.

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shag4

Syllabification: shag
Pronunciation: /SHaɡ
 
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verb

[with object] Baseball
Chase or catch (fly balls) for practice.
Example sentences
  • At the few other games I went to by myself, I also saw him in the outfield talking with teammates while they shagged fly balls.
  • Because there's a word, there's a way to wonder if any of our group shagging baseballs all spring might not have been a girl at all but a hybrid cultivar.
  • Lacy grew up a Senator fan and as a teenager he shagged flies in Griffith Stadium for the likes of Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Clyde Milan, and Walter Johnson.

Origin

early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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shag5

Syllabification: shag
Pronunciation: /SHaɡ
 
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British vulgar slang

verb (shags, shagging, shagged)

[with object]
Have sexual intercourse with (someone).

noun

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1.1 [with adjective] A sexual partner of a specified ability.

Origin

late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

shaggable

1
adjective

shagger

2
noun

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