1. Informal. weary; exhausted (usually followed by out): They were completely shagged out from the long trip.


  1. rough, matted hair, wool, or the like.
  2. a mass of this.
  3. a hairdo in which hair is cut in slightly uneven, overlapping layers downward from the crown, sometimes with the hair at the front and back hairlines left longer or wispier than the rest.
  4. a cloth with a nap, as of silk or a heavy or rough woolen fabric.
  5. a rug or carpet with a thick, shaggy pile.
  6. a coarse tobacco cut into fine shreds.

verb (used with or without object), shagged, shag·ging.

  1. to make or become rough or shaggy.

verb (used without object), shagged, shag·ging.

  1. to dance a step with a vigorous hopping on each foot.


  1. this dance step.

verb (used with object), shagged, shag·ging.

  1. to chase or follow after; pursue.
  2. to go after and bring back; fetch.
  3. Baseball. to retrieve and throw back (fly balls) in batting practice.


  1. shag ass, Slang: Vulgar. to depart, especially hurriedly; get going.


  1. a matted tangle, esp of hair, wool, etc
  2. a napped fabric, usually a rough wool
  3. shredded coarse tobacco

verb shags, shagging or shagged

  1. (tr) to make shaggy


  1. a cormorant, esp the green cormorant (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
  2. like a shag on a rock Australian slang abandoned and alone

verb shags, shagging or shagged

  1. to have sexual intercourse with (a person)
  2. (tr often foll by out; usually passive) to exhaust; tire


  1. an act of sexual intercourse

n.1590s, “cloth having a velvet nap on one side,” perhaps from Old English sceacga “rough matted hair or wool,” from Proto-Germanic *skagjan (cf. Old Norse skegg, Swedish skägg “beard”), perhaps related to Old High German scahho “promontory,” Old Norse skagi “a cape, headland,” with a connecting sense of “jutting out, projecting.” But the word appears to be missing in Middle English. Of tobacco, “cut in fine shreds,” it is recorded from 1789; of carpets, rugs, etc., from 1946. v.1“copulate with,” 1788, probably from obsolete verb shag (late 14c.) “to shake, waggle,” which probably is connected to shake. And þe boot, amydde þe water, was shaggid. [Wyclif] Cf. shake it in U.S. blues slang from 1920s, ostensibly with reference to dancing. But cf. also shag (v.), used from 1610s in a sense “to roughen or make shaggy.” Also the name of a dance popular in U.S. 1930s and ’40s. Related: Shagged; shagging. v.2in baseball, “to go after and catch” (fly balls), by 1913, of uncertain origin. Century Dictionary has it as a secondary sense of a shag (v.) “to rove about as a stroller or beggar” (1851), which is perhaps from shack (n.) “disreputable fellow” (1680s), short for shake-rag, an old term for a beggar.

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