Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shag n.1

[shag v.1 (1)]

1. (also shagg) an act of sexual intercourse.

[UK] ‘Plenipotentiary’ in Burns Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 202: The next for a shag came the new Yankee flag; / Tho’ lanky and scraggy in figure.
[UK]J. Winston Drury Lane Jrnl 16 Aug. 16: I always try to take a ‘shag’ before the play begins.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 22 Sept. 35/1: Whelled into Massa Brandon’s cigar-shop in de Strand for half-an-hour — berry good backey indeed — dey do say capital shag had here.
[UK] ‘The Female Tobacconist’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 14: Will you come for some shagg, I don’t wish to brag, / But I keeps the best shagg in town.
[UK] ‘Female Tobacconist’ in Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 42: Then he pull’d out his pipe, and said you gay slut, / Before I have your shag, I’ll see your broad cut.
[UK] ‘The Idiot Boy’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 33: The Parson’s shag and Dick’s returns now made the parties equal.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 166: ‘Shag’ is sometimes used also in reference to sexual intercourse, both as noun and verb, and comes from 18th century English slang.
[UK] ‘These Foolish Things’ in Bold (1979) 212: That rusty bedstead we had our first shags on / The week of silence when you had the rags on.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 45: Lighting up your Player’s [...] after you’ve had a shag.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in Snatches and Lays 26: The whale is a mammal, as everybody knows, / He takes two days to have a shag.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 126: Nothing to show except a rancid shag / and wages short.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 130: Just being here reminds both of them how long it has been since they’ve had a shag.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 26: If you got in [...] you were guaranteed a toot and a shag.
[UK]Guardian Family 30 Apr. 8/1: I was the result of a shag between a young Catholic guy and a Protestant Irish woman.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] To say I like my tucker is akin to saying rabbits don’t mind a shag.
[UK]Times Times2 6 Jan. [Internet] At £13,000 for a celebrity to show you their tits and offer you a shag, that is, in fact, ‘a bargain’.

2. (US teen) a party where pre-adolescents experiment sexually.

[US] Wentworth & Flexner DAS 461/1: shag 1 [taboo] A party or group of boys and girls, motivated by sexual curiosity, in which looking at and touching the sexual parts of the opposite sex is as important as any intercourse that may result. Fairly common use by children from about 10 to 13 years of age. Prob. since c. 1935.

3. a person, in general use.

[UK]K. Amis letter 18 Jan. in Leader (2000) 36: He likes all those shags like Pickarso.
[UK]K. Amis letter 18 Oct. in Leader (2000) 406: An old shag at my side telling me about Rotary.
[UK]M. Amis letter 12 Feb. Experience (2000) 86: I go to an old shag called Mr Bethell.

4. a person, usu. a woman but in 1990s+ also a man, seen simply as a sexual object; thus good shag, lousy shag.

[Aus]J. Hibberd White with Wire Wheels (1973) 159: Shirl the Shag?
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 171: She’s a regular, y’Mam. [...] A good shag for her age. Ripe. Juicy.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 25: As a shag she might score zero, but she’s ace at washing, ironing, and keeping a man’s tucker warm.
[UK]I. Welsh Filth 44: She’s a fuckin wee shag this lassie.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 75: Everyone knows that Nice Girls are lousy shags.
[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 80: She was a terrific shag but the fact was, been there, done that, got the lovebites.
[UK]I. Rankin Fleshmarket Close (2005) 53: [graffito in ladies’ toilet] Sean’s a shag.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 232: That young shag he’d brought to their mother’s birthday party. ‘Guide to London Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Shag – someone you want to have dirty sex with, normally in the work toilets.

In compounds

shag all (n.) [var. on fuck all n.]

nothing at all.

Philadelphia Dly News (PA) 14 Apr. 18/2: I don’t know sweet shag all about Canada.
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 30: They know shag all!
shag artist (n.) [artist n. (1)]

a womanizer, a sexual athlete.

[UK]I. Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares 110: Tony was a fuckin total shag artist. Even though he had a flat in Gorgie, he’d still come doon tae oors [...] tae fuck aw the local slags.
P. Ward ‘The Clinton Affair’ on Travels in Nihilon at University of Southampton [Internet] Unfortunately for humanity on this occasion fate has dished up a pusillanimous shag-artist with a designer hair-do.
shag-bag (n.) [SE bag]

1. (orig. milit.) a prostitute.

[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 28: Want me? What d’you think I am, lad, an old shag-bag?
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1040/1: since ca. 1930.

2. (orig. Aus.) a general pej. term for a woman; sexual availability is presumed, but not automatic.

Hughes & Heaney Arvon Foundation Poetry Competition 45: Patricia Rorke’s a shagbag.
J. Kelman Disaffection 100: Heh you Hen Broon, ya fucking dickie ye! Your maw’s a fucking shagbag.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 70: Shagbag. Slut. She got this from her brother [...] when she saw him.

3. (US) the vagina.

Desdemona at [Internet] Cherry would sit for hours and squeeze her shag bag tight, all the while watching in the mirror to see what it looked like.
shag-pad (n.) [pad n.2 (2)]

an apartment or room where one can bring a casual sex partner.

[Aus] [Internet] We’re too tightarsed to pay for a communal shagpad in one of these overpriced joints.
shag-wagon (n.) (also shagging station, ...wagon)

a van or car used primarily for sex.

[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. (2nd edn) 294: shaggin’ waggon, a car which a male uses for the purpose of picking up a female companion.
[UK]K. Bonfiglioli Don’t Point That Thing at Me (1991) 29: A [...] baronial wedding present and mobile shagging station.
Tharunka (Kensington, NSW) 15 Sept. 2: Young men and women in shag’n wagons at the Drive-in become (in a hurry) married couples.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 98/2: shag wagon/shagging wagon a van or station wagon customised for comfortable shagging or sexual intercourse.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 93: shaggin’ wagon means a motor vehicle, usually a station wagon used for sexual intercourse and also known as a sin bin or fuck truck.
[Aus] [Internet] Australia’s driving future: The Holden Shaggin’ Wagon.
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Boner McPharlin’s Moll’ in Turning (2005) 254: That kind of car was trouble. It was a sin-bin, a shaggin-wagon, a slut-hut.
[UK]T. Black Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] ‘Danny Gillon drives a white van.’ [...] ‘He does too . . . Calls it his shagging wagon’.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 21: Inside I can see fluffy dice dangling from the mirror, and orange shagpile on the seats. Hmmm, must be why it’s called a ‘shaggin’ wagon’, I think.