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Dictionary Definition



1 a strong coarse tobacco that has been shredded
2 a matted tangle of hair or fiber; "the dog's woolly shag"
3 a fabric with long coarse nap; "he bought a shag rug"
4 slang terms for sexual intercourse [syn: fuck, fucking, screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shtup]
5 a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn v : dance the shag [also: shagging, shagged]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ʃæg/
  • Rhymes with: -æɡ

Etymology 1



  1. Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc.
  2. Coarse shredded tobacco.
  3. A type of rough carpet pile.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Perhaps a derivative of Etymology 1, above, with reference to the bird's shaggy crest.


  1. A type of cormorant, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, found on European and African coasts.

Etymology 3

Origin unknown.


  1. To shake, wiggle around.
  2. To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. To chase after; especially : to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play


  1. A swing dance.
  2. An act of sexual intercourse.
  3. A sexual partner


Extensive Definition

Shag may refer to one of the following:

Arts and entertainment

  • "Shag" is the name of several different swing dances
    • Collegiate shag, a swing dance from the 1920s that was popular among college students at the time
    • Carolina shag, a swing dance that began in South Carolina in the 1940s and is often associated with beach music
    • St. Louis shag, a swing dance, beginning in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Shag (1989 film), featuring Carolina shag
  • Shag, the pseudonym of Josh Agle


shag in Danish: Shag
shag in German: Shag
shag in Dutch: Shag

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Burley, Cuban, Havana, Havana seed, Latakia, Maryland, Russian, Turkish, Virginia, bright, bring, bring back, bristle, call for, canaster, capillament, chase after, cilium, coat, crop, feel, fetch, fetch and carry, finish, fleece, flue-cured, fur, get, go after, go and get, go fetch, go for, go get, go to get, grain, granular texture, hair, head, head of hair, horsehair, indentation, knub, leaf, locks, lugs, mane, mat, mop, nap, nub, obtain, pelt, pick up, pile, pit, plug tobacco, pock, procure, protuberance, pubescence, pubic hair, retrieve, run after, seconds, secure, setula, shock, structure, surface, surface texture, texture, thatch, tresses, wale, weave, woof, wool
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