Definition of shag noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃæɡ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a strong type of tobacco cut into long thin pieces
  2. 2 [countable] a large black bird with a long neck that lives near the sea See related entries: Birds
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (British English, taboo, slang) an act of sex with somebody
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 late Old English sceacga ‘rough matted hair’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skegg ‘beard’. noun sense 2 mid 16th cent.: perhaps a use of the adjective shag, with reference to the bird's “shaggy” crest. noun sense 3 late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
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