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

NOAD

Edit:

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

http://books.google.com/books?id=-5sOAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA287&dq=%22stag%20party%22&hl=en&ei=L3XxTaS_AePV0QGC0um5BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22stag%20party%22&f=false

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.

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

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