Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shag v.1

also sheg
[? SE shake, hence shake v.]

1. to have sexual intercourse; thus shag around, to lead a promiscuous sex-life.

implied at shagging n. (1)
R. Cosway in Coltman Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting 181: [...] with respect to shagging - [...] as for myself I stick as close to Radicati's Arse as a Bum Bailiff to Lord Deloraine's -- Italy for ever I say if the Italian Woman fuck as well in Italy as they do here, you must be happy indeed.
[UK]C. Morris ‘The Great Plenipotentiary’ Collection of Songs (1788) 46: Each Sluice-cunted Bawd, who’d been shagged abroad, / Till her Premises gaped like a Grave, Sir.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Shag, to copulate.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Go For Go: or a Bit On The Sly’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 14: All of you that delight in a good smutty song [...] It’s of a sea captain, a frolicsome spark, / Who shagg’d the sailor’s wife all in the dark.
[US] in T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 139: Old Forney was down from Fort Snelling ... he expressed a wish to shag something.
[UK]Cythera’s Hymnal in Pearsall (1969) 378: A girl [...] Arm in arm with a fellow who’s had the mishap, / To forget, when he shagged her, to button his flap.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 235: For six years I had shagged all our servants under her very nose.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 79: He had taken a tart down the canal towpath, to shag her.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 369: (also shag it up) Shag an’ shag an’ a shaggin’ away, / Got to get a little shaggin’ every day.
[Aus]‘Five o’clock in the Morning’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 34: The moral of all this trouble and strife, / Is never to shag another man’s wife.
[UK]K. Amis letter 19 June in Leader (2000) 73: Rita Hayworth (who is the most letch-er-rous lay-dih I have ever seen, and whom I should like to shagalot).
‘One-Eyed Riley’ in Banglestien’s Bar n.p.: Why not shag old Riley’s daughter.
[UK]C. Lee diary 13 Nov. in Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 179: They’re Chinese. They shag anything that moves or even if it used to .
[US]A. Zugsmith Beat Generation 57: They’re too chicken themselves to willingly shag with anybody but their husbands.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene x: I ain’ scuttlin’ off juss t’ make room for you t’ shag in.
[UK]F. Norman Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 148: Sam was still in the bathroom doing whatever it is that girls do when they’ve been shagged rotten all night.
[UK]Flame: a Life on the Game 67: He was in the middle of shagging me when she came in.
[UK]V. Headley Yardie 17: Young boys are only interested in shegging as many girls as possible.
[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 318: I seriously copped off with the bouncer, shagged him and I really regret it.
[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 53: The Sopranos [...] scrawled signs, pressing them against the rear window [...] Shag us!
[UK]Guardian Guide 8–14 Jan. 63: A stereotypical detective who shags around.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] I would [...] shag myself silly with a succession of well built toy-boys.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 19: If yous lot wanna see proper fitness you shoulda seen dis bitch I shagged last weekend.
[Scot]L. McIlvanney All the Colours 221: Gillies was shagging a prisoner’s wife and a UVF nutting squad beat him to death.
[UK]K. Richards Life 56: Either he’s pissed himself or he’s just been [...] shagging Mrs Montjoy, who was the art mistress.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] You never let on he was hot. Gonna shag him?
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 64: If she wears a bracelet on her ankle she’s a lesbian (shags it up with other ladies).
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 7: That’s the burd yir gaunny be shagging exclusively the rest ay yir life.
[Aus]C. Hammer Scrublands [ebook] ‘You shagging her now, are you?’.
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 11: They don’t teach yi [...] how tae shag, or drink or fight.
[US]C. Hiaasen Squeeze Me 143: ‘She’s shagging one of her Secret Service guys’.
[Aus]C. Hammer Opal Country 400: ‘But does he think to tell me, the woman he’s shagging?’.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 117: He’d be shagging virgins with Lal Lal, winner of a deathtime achievement award at the BBC’s Martyrdom Personality of the Year Awards.

2. used as a semi-euph. for fuck v. in various non-copulatory uses.

[Ire](con. 1880–90s) S. O’Casey I Knock at the Door 81: Oh, shag the kid! said Michael, he’ll have to learn about these things some day.
[UK]K. Amis letter 11 Aug. in Leader (2000) 399: Changing it would be a chore and shag up the metre.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 84: Just shag off, you Killarney bastard.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 36: I thought shag the paper round and the oul’ one in the shop and shag everybody else too.
[Ire]P. Boyle All Looks Yellow to the Jaundiced Eye 64: She shagged off with another bloke.
[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: The bit of me that’s not yours at all: that likes to [...] say ‘Shag it’ and be what you call common.
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 3: Shag that for a lark.
[Ire]B. Quinn Smokey Hollow 156: Oh well, shag him.
[Ire]P. McCabe Breakfast on Pluto 32: Shag the fucking cost!

3. to masturbate.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1040/1: certainly ca. 1900 and prob. many years earlier.

4. to assault, to beat up.

[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 134: He couldn’t tell whether or not Tavo and Andres were the guys who’d shagged him.
[Aus]J. Iggulden Storms of Summer 92: I know the ground round here . . . there’s a bloody great reef that will shag a net to hell.

5. to cheat.

[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 17: I don’t wanna shag you or anything, son, I just want us to do the business.

In derivatives

shaggable (adj.)

sexy, lit. (potentially) available for seduction; note mis-defined as a n. in cit. 2001.

[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: shagability n. A measurement of how shaggable a person is.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 37: Some shaggable wee student birds are making a fuss of this stinking bundle of rags.
Skins ser.1 ep.3 [TV script] You play clarinet and I look shaggable .
[Scot](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 53: She gies off that aloof vibe that a lot ay shggable rides dae.

In compounds

shag-happy (adj.) [-happy sfx]

keen on sexual intercourse.

[Scot]I. Welsh Glue 35: Ye kin tell [...] that they wee cunts are as shag-happy as fuck.
shag-nasty (adj.) (also shacknasty)

1. a general pej. name for any unpopular man.

[US]Chicago Trib. 17 Apr. 2/7: The CurlyHeaded Doctor, Shag-Nasty Jim, and others of the [Indian] Chiefs.
[US]Bismarck Trib. (ND) 10 Aug. 4/3: Shagnasty John, the harmless crank who pretends to edit a sickly, half-fed little sheet of paper called the Chamberlain register.
Jacksonian (Cimarron, KS) 9 Dec. 1/5: Old Shagnasty has been making faces at The Jacksonian man ever since he struck town [...] It’s strange too, for we’re trying our best to please the weak-minded old critter.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 29 Dec. 6/1: It was Fred Hans who went Into the Hole in the Wall after Shacknasty Jim and his outlaw band and killed the leader and two of his companions .
[US]Tucumcari News & Times (NM) 19 Apr. 2/4: Dr Cook is a liar [...] the testimony of Hawknose Johnnie and Shag-nasty Charlie to the contrary.
[Aus]Eve. Star (Boulder, WA) 13 Dec. 1/4: ‘Look at ’im, there, twiddlin' his fingers at us from the end of his nose! Ain’t he a shagnasty, though!’.
Commonwealth (Scotland Neck, NC) 7 May 3/3: Chargé d’Afaires ‘Ole Shag-nasty’ has slipped into oblivion.
[US]Kingsport Times (TN) 10 July 3/1: The cast of characters is as follows: [...] Rev. Shag Nasty.
[US]Akron Beacon Jrnl (OH) 13 Feb. 6/4: The barbers classify such as you as the ‘shag-nasty’ boys.
Terre Haute Trib. (IN) 8 Mar. 6/2: You’ve got Shagnasty right over a barrel.
[UK]K. Bonfiglioli Don’t Point That Thing at Me (1991) 102: He was [...] known to one and all as ‘Shagnasty’.
[US]Ian Dury ‘Oh Mr Peanut’ 🎵 Oh Mr Shagnasty, a bit of give-and-take.
(con. 1880) Reno Gaz.-Jrnl (NV) 29 Jan. 42/1: He made enemies, one of whom was Joe Bonati — ‘Shag-nasty Joe’ [...] top gun in Candelaria.
Springfield News-Leader (MO) 20 July 4/4: Maybe these naughty massage business owners/shag-nasties are plain smarter than our [...] law enforcement officials.
News-Press (For Myers, FL) 22 Oct. 18/1: Shag Nasty stands out in any checkout line [...] the bearded guy [...] demanding to see the manager.
Palm Beach Post (FL) 13 Apr. 12/2: He was forced to sell his last tractor-trailer truck [...] with the words ‘Shagnasty’ painted on each side.

2. (N.Z.) used affectionately.

Dly Jrnl (Franklin, IN) 28 July 13/7: [advert] For Sale: Called Old Shag Nasty — 1966 Chevrolet Step Van Camper [...] $500 cash.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 98/2: shag-nasty affectionate male salutation suggestive of active heterosexuality; originally US and Brit. slang in 1900s for unpopular man or a rascal; eg ‘G’day, shagnasty, feel like a beer?’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

3. (Aus.) something unpleasant.

[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 2 May 66/2: While a brewer will agonise over the quality of his water, hops and malted barley [...] the worst enemies are ‘lactic infections and other shag-nasties’.

In phrases

shag ass (v.) [SE shake/shag v.2 (6) + ass n. (4)] (US)

1. to work hard, to move fast, to expend effort and energy.

[UK](con. 1940s) D. MacCuish Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 181: When we open up, you people shag ass.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 208: Hank whistled. Guy hit his horn. The troops shagged ass up.

2. (also shag one’s ass) to depart or leave hurriedly.

[US](con. 1943) A. Myrer Big War 159: You think you’re going to shag-ass out of this detail. Well, you got another thought.
[US]J. Rechy Numbers (1968) 219: ‘Shag ass, man!’ the muscular young man tells him gruffly.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 112: I have to shag ass if I’m going to be on time.
[US]S. King Dead Zone (1980) 378: We just got time for a coffee if we shag ass down to that resrunt [sic] on the corner.
[Aus]Hackworth & Sherman About Face (1991) 77: I shagged ass and caught up with the rear of my platoon.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 398: Chuck diced his folks. Chuck stole their car. Chuck shagged his ass here.
shagged off (adj.)

fed up, infuriated.

[UK]S. Bell If... 28 Apr. in If Files (1997) 144: I’m shagged off with battlebuses and being headless!
K. Irving Quizzical Corpse 175: [You’re] lucky I’m not putting the police onto you but I’m shagged off with them.
shagged (out) (adj.) [fig. use of sense 2 above, i.e. euph. for fucked adj.1 ]

1. exhausted.

[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 196: Mick came in and flopped onto the bed. ‘Oooh, Gawd! I’m shagged.’.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 11 Apr. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 99: An assistant has been appointed to me [...] I get rather shagged, doing everything myself.
[UK]K. Amis letter 19 June in Leader (2000) 73: I felt ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE yesterday and the day before, shegged 8, and it wasn’t improved by a pock on Monday afternoon.
[UK]C. Wood ‘Prisoner and Escort’ in Cockade (1965) I ii: Shagged? Want to get your head down.
[UK]F. Norman Norman’s London 87: These geezers [...] attract the now shagged-out bull’s attention by shouting a volley of abuse at him.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 73: We were often so shagged by the end of the day that we could barely stagger back to camp.
[UK]Galton & Simpson ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Steptoe and Son [TV script] I’m shagged out when I get home as it is.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 66: Even if I’m shagged out I’m sometimes that randy I could root a rat on a chain.
[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 475: By the end of the day the two lads were shagged but they’d done a great job.
[Aus]M. Coleman Fatty 50: [S]ometimes he’d get [...] really shagged out. He’d come up to me on the field and say, ‘That’s it, Fatty, I’m stuffed. I can’t go on’.
[UK]M. Simpson ‘Prufrock Scoused’ Catching Up with Hist. 22: The arvo, the evenin avin a birrova kip / jerked off if ther jammy or praps shagged out.
[UK](con. 1944) C. Logue Prince Charming 50: You see a shagged-out man. On the nest at breakfast, lunch time, tea time. Whip it in, whip it out, wipe it, whip it in again.
[UK]J. Hawes Dead Long Enough 97: Poor Hugh, my little, latecome boy, whose daddy is always shagged.
[US]Akron Beacon Jrnl (OH) 25 July E3/3: Dr Evil (Mike Myers) travels back in time to the 1960sand steals Powers’ (Myers) ‘mojo,’ leaving him all shagged out.
[Aus]N. Cummins Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] We arrived at Exmouth fairly shagged.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 153: We were as usual shagged from the night’s exertions.

2. broken, out of order.

[UK]K. Amis letter 24 Dec. in Leader (2000) 26: Is your copy shagged?
[UK]K. Amis letter 2 Dec. in Leader (2000) 102: I am not printing these words because the ribbon on my printer is all 2 cock and shagged 8.
[Ire]H. Leonard Time Was (1981) Act I: Is me face cut? [...] If me good looks went I’d be shagged.
shag out (v.)

1. to exhaust.

[UK]P. Larkin letter 14 April in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 239: Hull has shagged me out at the moment, partly through work.

2. to eject.

[US] in P.R. Runkel Law Unto Themselves 244: Father Coughlin who hadn’t yet begun to shag out the money-changers.

In exclamations