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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fag end
fag hag
▪ Do you mind if I have a fag?
▪ Here and there you see a black-bereted soldier chewing a fag on a street corner.
▪ I'd get you some fags at the same time.
▪ I have a look round for the fag packet, but it's gone.
▪ I take another drag on the fag.
▪ Instead, I just lit up a straight fag and shared it with her, Bogart style.
▪ It's going to take more than one fag to get rid of these mosquitoes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

fag \fag\ (f[a^]g), n. a male homosexual; -- always used disparagingly and considered offensive. Shortened form of faggot. [Slang, disparaging.]

Syn: faggot.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to droop, decline in strength, become weary" (intransitive), 1520s, of uncertain origin; OED is content with the "common view" that it is an alteration of flag (v.) in its sense of "droop, go limp." Transitive sense of "to make (someone or something) fatigued, tire by labor" is first attested 1826. Related: Fagged; fagging.


British slang for "cigarette" (originally, especially, the butt of a smoked cigarette), 1888, probably from fag "loose piece, last remnant of cloth" (late 14c., as in fag-end "extreme end, loose piece," 1610s), which perhaps is related to fag (v.), which could make it a variant of flag (v.).


"put to work at certain duties, compel to work for one's benefit," 1806, from British public school slang fag (n.) "junior student who does certain duties for a senior" (1785), from fag (v.1). Related: Fagdom (1902); faggery "fatiguing labor" (1853).


shortening of faggot (n.2) "male homosexual," by 1921. Fag hag "heterosexual woman who keeps company with gay men" attested by 1969.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context US technical English) In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric. 2 (context UK Ireland Australia colloquial dated in US and Canada English) A cigarette. 3 (context UK obsolete colloquial English) The worst part or end of a thing. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context British colloquial English) A chore; an arduous and tiresome task. 2 (context British archaic colloquial English) In many British boarding schools, a younger student acting as a servant for senior students. vb. 1 (context transitive colloquial used mainly in passive form English) To make exhausted, tired out. 2 (context intransitive colloquial English) To droop; to tire. 3 (context British archaic colloquial English) For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in many British boarding schools. 4 (context British archaic English) To work hard, especially on menial chores. Etymology 3

n. (context vulgar offensive English) A homosexual person.

  1. v. act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools

  2. work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil]

  3. exhaust or tire through overuse or great strain or stress; "We wore ourselves out on this hike" [syn: tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fatigue] [ant: refresh]

  4. [also: fagging, fagged]

  1. n. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fairy, nance, pansy, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf]

  2. finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking [syn: cigarette, cigaret, coffin nail, butt]

  3. [also: fagging, fagged]


Fag may refer to:

  • Cigarette, known as a fag in colloquial British and Australian English
  • Fagging, in British public schools
  • Faggot (slang), an American English slur for a homosexual
  • FAGS (candy), now FADS, an Australian candy
  • Fagurhólsmýri Airport, in Iceland
  • Federação Anarquista Gaúcha, a Brazilian anarchist organization
  • Feminist Art Gallery, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Find A Grave, a web listing of gravesites
  • Finongan language, spoken in Papua New Guinea
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Fraport AG, a German airport operator
  • Frisch Auf Göppingen, a German sport club
  • Fuerzas Armadas Guanches, a terrorist group in the Canary Islands
  • Guatemalan Air Force (Spanish: )

Usage examples of "fag".

Fagging was not part of the official system at Spey, and he did not want the trouble of cooking another bloater if this one grew cold and, in his view, inedible.

I told him about the gardener and the Black and Tans and the bogmen and their bony arses and being locked in the boilerhouse and puffing fags and talking to the saints and St Teresa.

The thought flits through his brain that Eccles is known as a fag and he has become the new pet.

Old Jakie, from his flyman days, remembers her playing the juve lead in some play or other at the Apollo always very nice to him, she was, gave him many a fag.

Cheese helped a Worcester fag get over on Wo for a fronted bundle in autum is why.

Then April Elgar entered, followed by Toplady, and she looked at the men as if they were all fags, and at the others, which they were, frowsty frumpish sluts.

Ulrich hus lit her fag burn doon, and she drops it n stamps it oot, her heeled shoe twistin it intae the path.

The door opened, and out came an old boy of about fifty or sixty wearing a football T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls and a fag in his mouth.

I turned round to see what had caused the disturbance: a raggy, Finnish drunk had fallen to the floor, his flies were undone and there was fag ash on his breath.

FAG heat, a sunken conversation pit, and the reoccurring phantom gunshots of a double homicide that happened over a decade ago.

Refusing to fag at Eton, he was treated with revolting cruelty by masters and boys: this roused instead of taming his spirit, and he rejected the duty of obedience when it was enforced by menaces and punishment.

Thrown like an old bone to a no-talent fag director like Wyn Plover just so your daughter can play at being an actress and your rotten foundation can come up out of the sewer smelling like a rose.

But it seemed to me that they were more offensive a millionfold than White fags would have been.

Operation Mousetrap was back to being a disastrous balls-up -the rapist clean away, a policewoman knocked about, the farce with the couple in the car, and to cap it all, he had no bloody fags left.

From this overlordship of the bachelors there had gradually risen a system of fagging, such as is or was practised in the great English public schools--enforced services exacted from the younger lads--which at the time Myles came to Devlen had, in the five or six years it had been in practice, grown to be an absolute though unwritten law of the body--a law supported by all the prestige of long-continued usage.