from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To work to exhaustion; toil.
  • intransitive v. To function as the servant of another student in a British public school.
  • transitive 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.

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  • n. In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric.
  • n. A photovoltaic cell that is no longer in use.
  • n. A cigarette.
  • n. The worst part or end of a thing.
  • n. A chore; an arduous and tiresome task.
  • n. Term used in UK public schools for a younger student acting as a servant for senior students.
  • v. To make exhausted, tired out.
  • v. To droop; to tire.
  • v. For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in UK public schools.
  • n. A homosexual person, especially a male.
  • n. A particularly conspicuous non-straight-acting homosexual male.
  • n. An annoying person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knot or coarse part in cloth.
  • n. a male homosexual; -- always used disparagingly and considered offensive. Shortened form of faggot.
  • intransitive v. To become weary; to tire.
  • intransitive v. To labor to wearness; to work hard; to drudge.
  • intransitive v. To act as a fag, or perform menial services or drudgery, for another, as in some English schools.
  • transitive v. To tire by labor; to exhaust.
  • transitive v. Anything that fatigues.

from The 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.
  • To become untwisted, as the end of a rope; ravel: usually with out.
  • 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.
  • n. Long, coarse grass.
  • n. A mink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From fag, to droop (obsolete), perhaps from Middle English fagge; see fag end.
Short for fag end.
Short for faggot2.

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Probably from fag end ("remnant"), from Middle English fagge ("flap")

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Probably alteration of flag ("droop, tire")

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From faggot



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  • The sheep-louse. Whence fags, a disease of sheep; lousiness. --Terms listed in Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 17, 2011

  • ...the fagged whale abated his speed...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 73

    July 26, 2008

  • Can't be fagged - can't be bothered. Fagged out - tired.

    January 16, 2007

  • Bearing in mind that a fag is generally taken to mean a cigarette in the UK.

    January 6, 2007