A stag is another word for a buck, or a male deer. If you spot a family of deer in the woods, the stag is the one with the largest antlers.

There are different terms for male deer, depending on the species, and stag usually describes the largest types of deer. Stags are also commonly seen in paintings of deer hunts. Another way to use the word stag is as a verb meaning "go without a date," especially to a formal party or dance. In the mid-1800's, a "stag party" was a group made up only of men, a term that came to mean a bachelor party.

Definitions of stag

n a male deer, especially an adult male red deer

Type of:
American elk, Cervus elaphus, elk, red deer, wapiti
common deer of temperate Europe and Asia

n adult male deer

royal, royal stag
stag with antlers of 12 or more branches
Type of:
mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)

v attend a dance or a party without a female companion

v watch, observe, or inquire secretly

sleuth, snoop, spy
Type of:
monitor, supervise
keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance

v give away information about somebody

betray, denounce, give away, grass, rat, shop, snitch, tell on
sell out
give information that compromises others
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

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