1. The adult male of various deer, especially the red deer.
2. An animal, especially a pig, castrated after reaching sexual maturity.
3. A person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner, especially a man who is unaccompanied by a woman.
4. A social gathering for men only.
1. Of or for men only: a stag party.
2. Pornographic: stag films.
Unaccompanied: went to the dance stag.
intr.v. stagged, stag·ging, stags
To attend a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner. Used especially of men.
[Middle English stagge, from Old English stagga; see stegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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