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Before a man gets married he is referred to as the 'stag'; what are his comrades called?

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Do you mean at a stag party? What are the other party-goers called? – Kit Z. Fox Jun 9 '11 at 19:41
@Kit - yeah, that's what I mean. – ninjaPixel Jun 9 '11 at 19:45
His wingmen? :P – BBischof Jun 9 '11 at 21:14
The stag's mate is the doe :) – F'x Jun 9 '11 at 23:32
Staggerers, by the end of the night. – Callithumpian Jun 10 '11 at 1:13
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Can't find anything other than male friends or men:

stag party |støg ˈpɑrdi|
a celebration held for a man shortly before his wedding, attended by his male friends only.
• any party attended by men only.



Well, now, hold on. This (from an 1897 slang dictionary) might be getting us somewhere:


If there's anything to this etymology, then it's quite clear that the other stag partygoers are the feeble fools of the herd.

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A (new ?) humorous usage via the movie "The Hangover" is the wolfpack.

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I like that! Maybe this one will stick :) – ninjaPixel Jun 11 '11 at 15:27

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