Definition of dag in English:


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Pronunciation: /daɡ


1 (usually dags) Australian /NZ A lock of wool matted with dung hanging from the hindquarters of a sheep.
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  • Farmers and farmers-hands may regularly cut off the dags to keep their sheep clean.
  • Besides reducing methane emissions, condensed tannins have other animal-related benefits, including improved milk yields, increased liveweight gain, decreased internal parasite burden and reduced bloat, dags and fly strike.
  • The fleece is so cut that the wool around the base of the legs and backside runs in a continuous line, from which it is easy to strip the dags, the stains and the prickles.
2Australian /NZ informal An entertainingly eccentric person; a character: your father must have been a bit of a dag
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  • Although it is hard to play favourites with such a loveable bunch of dags, I must confess to preferring mum Janelle to the rest.
3Australian informal A conservative or unfashionable person.
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  • Floyd may be a bit of a dag, but he's a pretty nifty player when it comes to badminton!
  • We've all known people like Steve, the likeable dag with big dreams.
3.1An untidy or dirty-looking person.

verb (dags, dagging, dagged)

[with object] Australian /NZ Back to top  
Cut dags from (a sheep): we failed to have the ewes dagged
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  • Robert has returned to the farm to dag sheep and I'm staying here with the dog, cats and the baby.
  • Dag the sheep at least seven days before shearing.
  • Ideally sheep should be dagged before shearing particularly if they are excessively soiled.


late Middle English (denoting a hanging pointed part of something): possibly related to tag1. sense 1 of the noun dates from the early 17th century; sense 2 of the noun is a transferred use of English dialect meaning 'a challenge'.


rattle one's dags

Australian /NZ informal Hurry up.
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  • So if Ivy isn't quick enough with the shearing I'll just have to tell her to rattle her dags!
  • Rattle your dags darlin’, let's get out of here.

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