American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A student at a British public school who is required to perform menial tasks for a student in a higher class.
- n. A drudge.
- n. Chiefly British Fatiguing or tedious work; drudgery.
- v. To work to exhaustion; toil.
- v. To function as the servant of another student in a British public school.
- v. To exhaust; weary: Four hours on the tennis court fagged me out.
- n. Slang A cigarette.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual man.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become weary; fail in strength; be faint with weariness.
- To labor hard or assiduously; work till wearied.
- To act as a fag; perform menial services for another.
- To tire by labor; exhaust: often with out.
- To use or treat as a fag or drudge; compel to labor for one's benefit; cause to perform menial services for one.
- To beat.
- n. A laborious drudge.
- n. In certain English public schools, as Eton, Harrow, and Winchester, a schoolboy of a lower class who performs menial services for another boy who is in the highest or next highest form or class, having to prepare his breakfast, carry messages, etc., in return for which protection and assistance in various ways are accorded. The system of fagging is now much milder than formerly.
- n. A fatiguing or tiring piece of work; a wearisome task.
- n. The fringe at the end of a piece of cloth, or at the end of a rope.
- n. The end; fag-end.
- n. A knot or blemish in the web of cloth; an imperfect or coarse part of such a web.
- To become untwisted, as the end of a rope; ravel: usually with out.
- n. Long, coarse grass.
- n. A mink.
- n. US, technical In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric.
- n. US, technical A photovoltaic cell that is no longer in use.
- n. UK, Ireland, colloquial A cigarette.
- n. UK, obsolete, colloquial The worst part or end of a thing.
- n. UK, colloquial A chore; an arduous and tiresome task.
- n. UK, archaic, colloquial Term used in UK public schools for a younger student acting as a servant for senior students.
- v. transitive, colloquial, used mainly in passive form To make exhausted, tired out.
- v. intransitive, colloquial To droop; to tire.
- v. UK, archaic, colloquial For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in UK public schools.
- n. vulgar, offensive A homosexual person, especially a male.
- n. colloquial, disparaging A particularly conspicuous non-straight-acting homosexual male.
- n. US, colloquial, vulgar, pejorative An annoying person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A knot or coarse part in cloth.
- n. Slang, disparaging. a male homosexual; -- always used disparagingly and considered offensive. Shortened form of faggot.
- v. To become weary; to tire.
- v. To labor to wearness; to work hard; to drudge.
- v. To act as a fag, or perform menial services or drudgery, for another, as in some English schools.
- v. To tire by labor; to exhaust.
- v. rare Anything that fatigues.
- v. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
- v. act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
- n. finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
- v. work hard
- n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man
- From faggot (Wiktionary)
- From fag, to droop (obsolete), perhaps from Middle English fagge; see fag end.Short for fag end.Short for faggot2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_fag_ is not to be found in Dr. Johnson's Dictionary; but the verb to fag is there a verb neuter, from fatigo, Latin, and is there explained to mean, "to grow weary, to faint with weariness.”
“Making the term "fag" and other gay slurs no longer acceptable as generic insult language is a positive development, but there is much to be undone in the slow process to eradicate such popularized slang.”
“Come what may, after this altercation, it's probably a good bet that Brett Ratner will never, ever use the term "fag" in public discourse ever.”
“(I would offer a parallel exists within the gay community - where one confronts regularly a disdain of women alongside an embrace of women - the term fag hag is simultaneously one of affection and hostility, a term that both dismisses and disempowers.)”
“KommissarKvC (UID#3647) on November 8th, 2009 at 5: 51 pm he took a picture? the fag is adding pics of men to his collection”
“But some of the other DJs on the station felt the need to pander to the knuckle-dragger segment of our audience, liberally using the word "fag" and ringing a bell when they deemed things overly "gay.”
“ÂFor much of my lifetime and I presume much longer than that, the term "fag" or "faggot" had a meaning completelyÂseparateÂfrom its explicit use as an anti-gay slur.”
“For much of my lifetime and I presume much longer than that, the term "fag" or "faggot" had a meaning completelyseparatefrom its explicit use as an anti-gay slur.”
“I should not have to say this, but used in this sense "fag" is a vulgar and extremely offensive word.”
“So I kind of want take the word fag and make it like, "Oh, child, what's the big deal.”
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