What does the verb SHAG mean in American English vernacular?
- shag flies means to practice catching fly balls in baseball (coach hits flies into the outfield for players to chase and catch). Shag can be used to mean have sex but that is mostly because of Austin Powers movies. Shag mostly means hair or carpet that is "shaggy". There was a woman's hairstyle in the early 70s called the Shag.31
- matted mass (aka shag carpet), or to fetch. You can't look this up in a dictionary??30
- It is a type of dance (or to do the dance), a type of rug (or to make such a rug), to catch or track down something (mostly heard in baseball), to have sex with. There may be more.00
- A shag is a black seabird with a yellow beak, found mainly in Europe and North Africa. If someone shags another person, or if two people shag, they have sex together.
Though still likely to cause offence to many older or more conservative people, this word has lost a lot of its shock value of late. It seems to have a jocular, relaxed connotation, which most of the other words in this field do not. No doubt its acceptability has been accelerated by its use in the title of an Austin Powers film. Interestingly, though advertisements for the film caused a large number of complaints to the British Advertising Standards Authority, they were not upheld
American Heritage Dictionary of the English
- Shag, Shags, Shagged or Shagging may refer to:
Shag or cormorant, a bird family
European shag, a specific species of the shag or cormorant family
Great cormorant another species of the family
Shag (fabric), a fabric typically used to make deep-pile carpets
Shag (tobacco), fine-cut tobacco
Shag, is a party and fundraiser for an engaged couple, also known as a stag and doe
Shagging (baseball), to catch fly balls in baseball outside a game
Shagger (bruise), a temporary bruise caused by kissing, sucking or biting the skin forcefully enough to burst blood vessels beneath the skin
Shag, a British slang term for sexual intercourse
- The shag that I know in my native American English, is shag carpeting. In this case, shag is an adjective.
There used to be a hairstyle some decades ago, in my younger years, that was called shag.
And before my time, but in my parents younger years, there was a dance called shag.
As a child, more than half a century ago, we used to shag golf balls. We went beyond the fences of the golf course and scrounged for balls that were beyond where the golfers could/would go. This one is a verb.
I do know that shag is used as a verb in British English (vulgar slang). Shag a bird (not the kind with wings). We don't use either expression.10
- long messy hair or type of rug with long fibers10
- The verb has many uses as others have noted. To shag is also to dance the dance with that name.
" I could have shagged all night on the night that we wed" is ambiguous for people who speak both British and American English.
"If you think we danced, you've got rocks in your head. ".00
- It's a dance. They actually have contests for it.00
- Catch, as in shag a ball.40
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