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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun shag:


Shag is sometimes a misspelling of stage.

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Definition of the noun shag

What does shag mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shags

  1. a strong coarse tobacco that has been shredded
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic words: baccy / tobacco = leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion
  2. a matted tangle of hair or fiber
    • example: the dog's woolly shag
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: tangle = a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
  3. a fabric with long coarse nap
    • example: he bought a shag rug
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    • part of: shag rug = a rug with long pile
  4. slang for sexual intercourse
  5. a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: social dancing = dancing as part of a social occasion

Alternative definition of the noun shag


  1. Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc.
  2. Coarse shredded tobacco.
  3. A type of rough carpet pile.
  4. Several species of sea birds in the family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorant family), especially the common shag or European shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, found on European and African coasts.
  5. A swing dance.
  6. [slang] An act of sexual intercourse.
  7. [slang] A sexual partner
  8. [Canada, Northwestern Ontario] A fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married.

Definition of the verb shag

What does shag mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shagged, shagging

  1. dance the shag

Alternative definition of the verb shag


  1. [intransitive] To shake, wiggle around.
  2. [British, transitive, vulgar slang] To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. [Indian, transitive, vulgar slang] To masturbate.
  4. To chase after; especially : to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play

Specialised definition of the verb shag

Glossary of sports / golf

to retrieve balls hit from the practice tee


  1. Shag a.k.a. Jonathan King is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, and former TV and radio presenter.
  2. Shag: Josh Agle is an American artist, better known by the nickname Shag.

There are other people with in their name, like Shag Thomas, Shag Crawford and Shag Humar Khan.


"Shag" is a 1989 British-American comedy film starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film features Carolina shag dancing and was produced in cooperation with the South Carolina Film Commission. The soundtrack album was on Sire/Warner Bros. Records.


  1. "Shag" is a musical album of Jonathan King.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Shag" is a composition.
  3. "Shag" is a musical album of Chris Barron.
  4. "Shag" is a composition.


  1. Shag: A shag is a rug or carpet that has a deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance. Carpet rakes help remove dirt and restore a uniform appearance.
  2. Shag: A shag cut is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths. It was created by the barber Paul McGregor. The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The layers make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes around the edges. This unisex style became popular after being worn by various celebrities, including Joan Jett, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy, Jane Fonda and Florence Henderson in the 1970s. During the 1990s Jennifer Aniston popularized "The Rachel" hairstyle, and Meg Ryan wore a shag in the early 2000s.

Phrases with Shag

Phrases starting with the word Shag:

  1. shag rug
  2. Shag-Hound
  3. Shag-Rug Aeolis

Phrases ending with the word Shag:

  1. Pitt Shag
  2. Rock Shag
  3. Bounty Shag
  4. Bronze Shag
  5. Crozet Shag
  6. Chatham Shag
  7. Spotted Shag
  8. Auckland Shag
  9. Campbell Shag
  10. European Shag
  11. Imperial Shag
  12. Antarctic Shag
  13. Kerguelen Shag
  14. Macquarie Shag
  15. Rough-Faced Shag
  16. Heard Island Shag
  17. South Georgia Shag

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shag

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Google previewThe Buddhist Coffee House (2010)

by Luther Hughes

The Shag is the official state dance of both North and South Carolina and the inspiration for the 1989 movie Shag, staring Bridget Fonda and Phoebe Cates. The film, incidentally, was filmed along the Grand Strand. In the late 1930's and the ...

Google previewGeorgia and the Carolinas (2001)

by Jeremy Gray, Jeff Davis, China Williams

With the floors covered with sand and the sweaty bodies packed in thick, they created the dance called 'shag.' which is the courting precursor to the British slang meaning. The shag is a much slower version of swing or jitterbug. Moving in an ...

Google previewA Hand-book to the Birds of Great Britain (1896)

by Richard Bowdler Sharpe

Range outside the British Islands — The Shag is a bird of Western Europe, for, though it is common on the coasts of Norway and breeds in the Fseroes, it has not been met with farther west than Iceland, and is almost unknown in the Baltic, ...

Google previewThe Dark Blue ... (1873)

Shag is an unwholesome substitute for dill-water. Hence respect is certainly due to the Bill discussed in the Grand Conséil of the Canton de Vaud, in Switzerland, to the effect that nobody under fourteen is to smoke. N 0 Act of Parliament could ...

Google previewThe Gentleman's Guide to Pipe Smoking (2013)

by Royce Davis

Shag is a thin, stringy cut that can be packed tight. Shag almost always burns hot and is sometimes considered an inferior ...

Google previewJoseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772-1820 / Journals, Letters and Documents (2017)

by Anna Agnarsdóttir

A shag is a cormorant, especially the crested cormorant Phalacrocorax graculus, which in the breeding season has a crest of long curly plumes. 2 Geirfuglasker are not penguin rocks but the rocks of the Pinguinus impennis, the Great Auk.

Google previewAn American Guide to Britishness

by Alana Muir

Shag: Shag is a verb meaning “to have sex with.” 138 Series, Television: ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Shag, shag, n. woolly ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

SHAG(to have sex) and...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

mfipunga / pipua Phalacrocorax melanoleucos, little pied shag kawau teotoo / pohotca / knwau...

sulcirostris, little black shag kawau tui Phalacrocorax varius, pied shag aroarotw Philesternus carunculatus , saddleback pfirourou / tieke ...

Google previewThe Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007)

by John Kenneth Muir

Shag: The Movie ( . 9s 9)(sndtrk) Starring: Phoebe Cates (Carson); Scott Coffey ( Chip); Bridget Fonda (Malaina); Annabeth Gish (Pudge/Caroline); Page Hannah (Luanne); Robert Rusler (Buzz); Tvrone Power Jr. (Harley); JeffYagher (Jimmy ...

Google previewGeographic Dictionary of Alaska (1906)

by Marcus Baker

Shag; islet, near the northwestern shore of Shuyak island, Kodiak proup. Named Urili (shag or cormorant, (fravulus bici-istatuts) by the Russian- American Company. 184!). Shag; rock, at head of Sanborn harbor, Nagai Island, Shutuaglns.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Hair (2006)

A Cultural History by Victoria Sherrow

FEATHERED HAIRSTYLE During the 1970s, the so-called "feathered hairstyle," sometimes called a "shag," wingback, or layered cut, became popular with men and women. Variations of the style have continued to appear since that time.

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Small photo of An young shag is sitting and resting on a pole while overlooking the water.Small photo of green shag carpet background detail with long yarnSmall photo of Cormorant, Shag, PhalacrocoracidaeSmall photo of Blue eyed shag flying to Shag RocksSmall photo of Cormorant, Shag on sunsetSmall photo of Farne Islands Shag with Chick / Shags are a smaller relative of the Cormorant and nest of cliff faces, being resident all year in the UKSmall photo of Blue eyed shag, Port Charcot, Antarctic Peninsula More...

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Scrabble value of S1H4A1G2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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