Shag vs Root - What's the difference?
Shag is a synonym of root.
As nouns the difference between shag and root
is that shag
is matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc or shag
can be several species of sea birds in the family phalacrocoracidae (cormorant family), especially the common shag or european shag, phalacrocorax aristotelis
, found on european and african coasts or shag
can be a swing dance or shag
can be (canada|northwestern ontario) a fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married while root
is the part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients or root
can be (australia|new zealand|vulgar|slang) an act of sexual intercourse.
As verbs the difference between shag and root
is that shag
is to make hairy or shaggy; to roughen or shag
can be to shake, wiggle around while root
is (computing|slang|transitive) to break into a computer system and obtain root access or root
can be to turn up or dig with the snout or root
can be (intransitive|with for|us) to cheer to show support for.
As a adjective shag
is (obsolete) hairy; shaggy.
From (etyl) ), from Old Norse skaga, to protrude.
Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc.
* (John Gay)
Coarse shredded tobacco.
* 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 535:
- true Witney broadcloth, with its shag unshorn
A type of rough carpet pile.
- He was rather unshaven as well and smelt strongly of shag .
* shaggy-dog story
To make hairy or shaggy; to roughen.
* J. Barlow
- Shag the green zone that bounds the boreal skies.
(obsolete) hairy; shaggy
Perhaps a derivative of Etymology 1, above, with reference to the bird's shaggy crest.
Several species of sea birds in the family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorant family), especially the , Phalacrocorax aristotelis , found on European and African coasts.
*1941 , (Ernestine Hill), My Love Must Wait , A&R Classics 2013, p. 7:
*:He ran back and picked up a dead bird that had fallen. It was not a duck but a shag .
* Auckland shag ()
* Bounty shag ()
* Campbell shag ()
* Chatham shag ()
* Heard shag ()
* imperial shag ()
* Kerguelen shag ()
* king shag ()
* Macquarie shag ()
* Stewart Island shag ()
From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) caused the analogical replacement of the stem-final voiceless geminate consonants with voiced geminates, which was then leveled throughout the paradigm.
To shake, wiggle around.
To have sexual intercourse with.
To chase after; especially, to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play
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To perform the dance called the shag.
A swing dance.
(slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
* 2007 , Julie Andrews, "Roman Must Die", in The Leonard Variations: Clarion 2007 San Diego , ISBN 9787774574500,
* 2010 , Clara Darling, Hot City Nights , St. Martin's Press (2010), ISBN 9780312536954,
- They were in the midst of an intense snog, his tongue down her throat as he tried to work out if he wanted another shag before she left for the night, when an odd noise sounded from behind the door of 2B.
* 2011 , Josephine Myles, Barging In , Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (2011), ISBN 9781609285920,
- “And feel free to come over anytime you'd like a drink and a shag .
(slang) A casual sexual partner.
* 2003 , Freya North, Pip , Harper (2003), ISBN 9780007462254,
- He could say yes, then just quietly leave the area without ever seeing the man again. He could even get a shag out of Charles first.
* 2008 , Bruce Cooke, Trace Elements , Eternal Press (2008), ISBN 9781897559369,
- 'It turned out that it was me who was just a shag to him . He had a girlfriend I didn't know about. He presumed I was up for some no-strings action. And the thing is, I thought I was – in theory. But in practice, I realized that I wasn't.'
* 2011 , Wes Lee, "Saul", in The Sleepers Almanac, No. 7 (eds. Zoe Dattner & Louise Swinn), Sleepers Publishing (2011), ISBN 9781742702995,
- "Was I just another shag to you, Trace? Someone to bed when the offer came?"
- 'Your favourite shag ?' I ask her.
- 'Martin Kershen.'
- 'He was a sexy beast.'
* (casual sexual partner) see also .
Blend of .
(Canada, Northwestern Ontario) A fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married.
* stag and doe, stag and doe party (qualifier)
* social, wedding social (qualifier)
From (etyl) ; cognate with wort and radix.
The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients.
A root vegetable.
- This tree's roots can go as deep as twenty metres underground.
The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
- two fields which should have been sown with roots in the early summer were not sown because the ploughing had not been completed early enough.
The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
- Root damage is a common problem of overbrushing.
The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.
- The root is the only part of the hair that is alive.
The primary source; origin.
- He dyed his hair black last month, so the grey roots can be seen.
* John Locke
- The love of money is the root of all evil.
(arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
- They were the roots out of which sprang two distinct people.
(arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).
- The cube root of 27 is 3.
(analysis) A zero (of a function).
(graph theory, computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent.
(linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
(philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.
(music) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
- Multiply by root 2.
The lowest place, position, or part.
- deep to the roots of hell
(computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
(computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
(computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories. (rfex)
- the roots of the mountains
* (source) basis, origin, source
* (zero of a function) zero
* (word from which another is derived) etymon
* superuser (), root account, root user
* (zero of a function) pole
* (zero of a function) kernel
* cube root
* functional root
* put down roots
* root canal
* root cause
* roots music
* square root
* strictly roots
* take root
* root gap
(computing, slang, transitive) To break into a computer system and obtain root access.
To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
- We rooted his box and planted a virus on it.
To be firmly fixed; to be established.
* Bishop Fell
- In deep grounds the weeds root deeper.
- If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to cause misapprehensions, he gave them not leave to root and fasten by concealment.
* (linguistics) stem
From (etyl) . Cognate with rodent. Cognate with Dutch wroeten.
To turn up or dig with the snout.
(by extension) To seek favour or advancement by low arts or grovelling servility; to fawn.
To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil.
- A pig roots the earth for truffles.
To root out; to abolish.
- rooting about in a junk-filled drawer
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxix. 28
- I will go root away the noisome weeds.
(Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse.
- The Lord rooted them out of their land and cast them into another land.
* The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense is somewhat milder than fuck but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The sexual sense will often be understood, unless care is taken with the context to make the rummage sense clear, or 'root through' or 'root around' is used. The past participle rooted'' is equivalent to ''fucked'' in the figurative sense of broken or tired, but ''rooting'' is only the direct verbal sense, not an all-purpose intensive like ''fucking .
* (rummage) dig out, root out, rummage
* (have sexual intercourse) screw, bang, drill (US), shag (British) - See also
* root about
* root out
* root up
(Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
(Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) A sexual partner.
- Fancy a root ?
* The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense of root'' is somewhat milder than ''fuck'' but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The normal usage is ''to have a root or similar.
* (act of sexual intercourse) screw (qualifier), shag (UK); see also
* (sexual partner) screw (US)
Possibly an alteration of , influenced by hoot
(intransitive, with for, US) To cheer to show support for.
* 1908 ,
(US) To hope for the success of. Rendered as 'root for'.
- Let me root', '''root''', ' root for the home team,
- I'm rooting for you, don't let me down!
* (cheer) barrack (qualifier), cheer on