fuck vs shag what difference

what is difference between fuck and shag

English

Alternative forms

  • f–k, f*ck, f**k, f***, f—k, F-word, F-bomb, phuck (bowdlerizations)

Etymology

From Middle English *fukken, probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną, from Proto-Indo-European *pewǵ- (to strike, punch, stab). Compare windfucker and its debated etymology.

Possibly attested in a 772 AD charter that mentions a place called Fuccerham, which may mean “ham (home) of the fucker” or “hamm (pasture) of the fucker”; a John le Fucker in a record from 1278 may just be a variant of Fulcher, like Fucher, Foker, etc. The earliest unambiguous use of the word in a clearly sexual context, in any stage of English, appears to be in court documents from Cheshire, England, which mention a man called “Roger Fuckebythenavele” (possibly tongue-in-cheek, or directly suggestive of a depraved sexual act) on December 8, 1310. It was first listed in a dictionary in 1598. Scots fuk/fuck is attested slightly earlier, probably reinforcing the Northern Germanic/Scandinavian origin theory. From 1500 onward, the word has been in continual use, superseding jape and sard and largely displacing swive.

A range of folk-etymological backronyms, such as “fornication under consent of the king” and “for unlawful carnal knowledge”, are all demonstrably false.

Sense 10, from related sense feck.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /fʌk/, [fʌkʰ]
  • (Northern England) IPA(key): /fʊk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌk, -ʊk

Verb

fuck (third-person singular simple present fucks, present participle fucking, simple past and past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) To have sexual intercourse, to copulate.
    Synonyms: bang, do it, eff, have sex, hump, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  2. (vulgar, colloquial, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: bang, eff, give someone one, hump, ream, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) To insert one’s penis, a dildo or other phallic object, into a specified orifice or cleft.
  4. (vulgar, colloquial) To put in an extremely difficult or impossible situation.
  5. (vulgar, colloquial) To defraud, deface or otherwise treat badly.
  6. (vulgar, colloquial, often derogatory) Used to express great displeasure with someone or something.
    Synonyms: bugger, eff
  7. (vulgar, colloquial, usually followed by up) To break, to destroy.
    Synonyms: annihilate, obliterate, ruin; see also Thesaurus:destroy
  8. (vulgar, colloquial) Used in a phrasal verb: fuck with (to play with, to tinker).
    Synonyms: mess, toy
  9. (vulgar, transitive, comedy) To make a joke at one’s expense; to make fun of in an embarrassing manner.
  10. (colloquial, vulgar, transitive, Ireland, Scotland) To throw, to lob something. (angrily)
    Synonym: feck
  11. (Singapore, vulgar, military slang) To scold

Translations

Noun

fuck (plural fucks)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) An act of sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
    • 1975, Alexander Buzo, Tom, page 11:
      No, but I’ve got a film of a couple of crocodiles having a fuck.
    • 2001, Thomas Kelly, The Rackets, MysteriousPress.com (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      He could count on a good fuck with Lorene later on.
    • 2012, Heather Rutman, The Girl’s Guide to Depravity: How to Get Laid Without Getting Screwed, Running Press (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Are guys so intimidated by a girl who’s totally blunt about the fact that she just wants a good fuck that they can’t perform?
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) A sexual partner, especially a casual one.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual partner
    • 2005, Jaid Black, Strictly Taboo, Berkley Sensations (2005), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      In his mind, she was probably just another fuck, but in hers it had meant so much more than that.
    • 2008, Nicole Galland, Crossed, Harper (2008), →ISBN, page 32:
      “He’d rather have his favorite fuck with him on the greatest adventure of his life than pay money to lie with ugly strangers. []
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) A highly contemptible person.
    Synonyms: dickhead; see also Thesaurus:jerk
  4. (vulgar, colloquial) A thing of no value, a small amount.
    Synonym: shit

Translations

Interjection

fuck

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing dismay or discontent.
    Synonyms: fark, feck, fook, frick; see also Thesaurus:dammit
    Oh, fuck! I forgot to pay that parking ticket and now they want me to appear in court!
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing surprise.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:wow

Translations

Adverb

fuck (not comparable)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Used as an intensifier for the words “yes” and “no”.
    Synonyms: hell, god, shit, heck

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fuckest
  • fucketh

Particle

fuck

  1. (vulgar, slang, especially African-American Vernacular) Used as a shortened form of various common interrogative phrases.

References

Further reading

  • Sheidlower, Jesse, The F Word (1999) →ISBN.
  • Michael Quinion (2004), “Fuck”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN.

Anagrams

  • FCUK, fcuk

Danish

Etymology

Borrowed from English fuck.

Particle

fuck

  1. (swear word) Expresses dislike of the postpositive complement.
    • 2017, Peder Frederik Jensen, Skullfucking, Rosinante & Co (→ISBN)
      Fuck jeres utopi. / Fuck jeres reservepræster, selvudnævnte biskopper uden liturgi.

      Fuck your utopia / Fuck your reserve priests, self-proclaimed bishops without liturgy.
    • 2011, Lyngby Bibliotek, Oprør, BoD – Books on Demand (→ISBN), page 69
      Fuck jer! Fuck jer! Og fuck jeres Gud!

      Fuck you! Fuck you! And fuck your God!

Scots

Alternative forms

  • fuk

Etymology

From Middle Scots fuk, fuck (to copulate), from Middle English *fukken, *fuken, probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną.

Verb

fuck (third-person singular present fucks, present participle fuckin, past fucked, past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, slang) to fuck


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃæɡ/
  • Rhymes: -æɡ

Etymology 1

From Middle English *schagge, from Old English sċeacga (hair, wool), from Proto-Germanic *skaggô, *skaggiją (projection, bristly hair, stem), Proto-Germanic *skag- (to emerge, stick out, protrude), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kek-, *(s)keg- (to jump, move, hurry). Akin to Old Norse skegg (beard) (compare Danish skæg, Norwegian skjegg, Swedish skägg).

Noun

shag (countable and uncountable, plural shags)

  1. Matted material; rough massed hair, fibres etc.
  2. Coarse shredded tobacco.
  3. A type of rough carpet pile.
  4. (Britain, archaic) Bacon or fat, especially if with some remaining hair or bristles.
  5. (Britain, archaic) A roughly-cut or torn-off piece of bread or cheese.
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

shag (third-person singular simple present shags, present participle shagging, simple past and past participle shagged)

  1. (transitive) To make hairy or shaggy; to roughen.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To hang in shaggy clusters.

Adjective

shag (comparative more shag, superlative most shag)

  1. (obsolete) Hairy; shaggy.

Etymology 2

Perhaps a derivative of Etymology 1, above, with reference to the bird’s shaggy crest.

Noun

shag (plural shags)

  1. 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.
    • 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.
Hypernyms
  • sea bird
Hyponyms
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle English schaggen, a variant of Middle English schoggen (to shake; shake off; tremble), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a byform of Middle English schokken (to shake; move rapidly), related to Middle Low German schokken (to shake; tremble). Alternatively, perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skakkōną (to shake), specifically continuing a post-Proto-Germanic variant *skagg-, where the non-singular stem *skag- caused the analogical replacement of the stem-final voiceless geminate consonants with voiced geminates, which was then leveled throughout the paradigm.

Verb

shag (third-person singular simple present shags, present participle shagging, simple past and past participle shagged)

  1. (intransitive) To shake, wiggle around.
  2. (transitive, vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
  3. (intransitive, vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse.
  4. (India, transitive, vulgar slang) To masturbate.
  5. To chase after; especially, to chase after and return (a ball) hit usually out of play.
  6. To perform the dance called the shag.
Synonyms
  • (to shake): jiggle, rock, tremble, wobble; see also Thesaurus:shake
  • (have sexual intercourse): bonk, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
  • (to have sexual intercourse): do it, get it on, have sex; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  • (to masturbate): get it on, have sex; see also Thesaurus:masturbate
Translations

Noun

shag (plural shags)

  1. A swing dance.
  2. (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
    • 2007, Julie Andrews, “Roman Must Die”, in The Leonard Variations: Clarion 2007 San Diego, →ISBN, page 10:
      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.
    • 2010, Clara Darling, Hot City Nights, St. Martin’s Press (2010), →ISBN, page 107:
      “And feel free to come over anytime you’d like a drink and a shag. []
    • 2011, Josephine Myles, Barging In, Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (2011), →ISBN, page 24:
      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.
  3. (slang) A casual sexual partner.
    • 2003, Freya North, Pip, Harper (2003), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      ‘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.’
    • 2008, Bruce Cooke, Trace Elements, Eternal Press (2008), →ISBN, page 56:
      “Was I just another shag to you, Trace? Someone to bed when the offer came?”
    • 2011, Wes Lee, “Saul”, in The Sleepers Almanac, No. 7 (eds. Zoe Dattner & Louise Swinn), Sleepers Publishing (2011), →ISBN, page 135:
      ‘Your favourite shag?’ I ask her.
      ‘Martin Kershen.’
      ‘He was a sexy beast.’
Synonyms
  • (act of sexual intercourse): see also Thesaurus:copulation
  • (casual sexual partner): see also Thesaurus:casual sexual partner.
Derived terms
  • shag bandit
Translations

Etymology 4

Blend of shower (bridal shower) +‎ stag (bachelor party).

Noun

shag (plural shags)

  1. (Canada, Northwestern Ontario) A fundraising dance in honour of a couple engaged to be married.
Synonyms
  • stag and doe, stag and doe party (Canada, Ontario)
  • social, wedding social (Canada, Prairies)
Translations

References

  • “shag” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Etymology 5

Etymology unknown

Noun

shag (plural shags)

  1. (West Country) Friend; mate; buddy.
Synonyms
  • See Thesaurus:friend

Anagrams

  • Gash, HAGS, gash, hags

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English shag.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʃɛk/
  • Hyphenation: shag
  • Rhymes: -ɛk

Noun

shag m (uncountable, diminutive shagje n or sjekkie n)

  1. shag (coarse shredded tobacco)

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