- 1 [usually as modifier] A carpet or rug with a long, rough pile: wall-to-wall shag carpetMore example sentences
- 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 pileMore example sentences
- 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 cutMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
late Old English sceacga 'rough matted hair', of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skegg 'beard' and shaw2.
- 1A western European and Mediterranean cormorant with greenish-black plumage and a long curly crest in the breeding season.
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- Phalacrocorax aristotelis, family Phalacrocoracidae
- 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.More 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.
mid 16th century: perhaps a use of shag1, with reference to the bird's “shaggy” crest.
verb[with object] Baseball
- Chase or catch (fly balls) for practice.More 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.
early 20th century: of unknown origin.
verb (shags, shagging, shagged)[with object]
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late 18th century: of unknown origin.