Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shagging adj.

[shag v.1 (1)]

1. copulating.

[UK] ‘After Many Spreeish Years’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 18: After many shagging years, / How sweet it is to come / To the move of beauty, when / She moves her little bum.
[US] in V. Randolph Pissing in the Snow (1988) 147: She was glad of it, and you never seen such a shagging match.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 13: Us diplomats […] run them pretty close in the shagging stakes.
[US]J. McCourt ‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in Queer Street 298: Yes, me, illegitimate – out of some yank’s / Shaggin’ bollocks what rogered me wayward mum.

2. (orig. Irish) a semi-euph. for fucking adj.

[UK]R. Grinstead They Dug a Hole 75: Those shagging Taffies in the next field were laying out theirs with a tape.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 352: Shagging lies about all the [...] money they got away with.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to the Hill (1966) 51: He could have gone places if he hadn’t been such a shagging layabout.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 9: God, what a sodding, shagging, scab-devouring misery it all was!
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 19: The last shaggin’ bus is gone. I’ll have to hoof it.
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 381: Wha’ were yeh doin’ in a shaggin’ disco bar? Bimbo asked Bertie.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 115: Great fuckin work ur no, ut’s a load uv fuckin shite in places, like a diffrunt shaggin language.

3. as an infix.

[Ire]H. Leonard Da (1981) Act I: He knows too shaggin’ much.
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 28: Do yous not know Killiney-shaggin’-Hill when it’s there in black and white in front of yous?
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 21 Oct. 163/3: ‘I love Dublin,’ says O’Connor [...] You don’t have to be James shagging Joyce any more’.