WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stag /stæg/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mammals, Zoologyan adult male deer.
  2. Mammals, Zoologythe male of various other animals.
  3. Informal TermsAlso,  ˈstag ˌpar•ty. a party for men only, given for a bachelor before his marriage.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or for men only:a stag dinner.
  2. intended for male audiences and usually pornographic in content:a stag show.

adv. 
  1. without a female companion:to go stag to a party.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stag (stag),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  stagged, stag•ging, adj., adv. 

n. 
  1. Mammals, Zoologyan adult male deer.
  2. Mammals, Zoologythe male of various other animals.
  3. a man who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a woman.
  4. Informal TermsSee  stag party. 
  5. Animal Husbandrya swine or bull castrated after maturation of the sex organs.
  6. British Terms, Businessa speculator who buys securities of a new issue in the hope of selling them quickly at a higher price.

v.i. 
  1. Informal Terms(of a man) to attend a social function without a female companion.

adj. 
  1. of or for men only:a stag dinner.
  2. intended for male audiences and usually pornographic in content:a stag show.

adv. 
  1. without a companion or date:to go stag to a dance.
staglike′, adj. 
  • 1150–1200; Middle English stagge; akin to Old Norse steggi, steggr male bird (English (north dialect, dialectal) steg gander), Icelandic steggur male fox, tomcat


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

stag /stæɡ/ n
  1. the adult male of a deer, esp a red deer
  2. a man unaccompanied by a woman at a social gathering
  3. Brit a speculator who applies for shares in a new issue in anticipation of a rise in price when trading commences in order to make a quick profit on resale
  4. (as modifier)
  5. (modifier) (of a social gathering) attended by men only
adv
  1. without a female escort
vb (transitive)
  1. to apply for (shares in a new issue) with the intention of selling them for a quick profit when trading commences
Etymology: Old English stagga (unattested); related to Old Norse steggr male bird



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