cigarette, cigaret, coffin nail, butt, fag

(noun) finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking

fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, pansy, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf

(noun) offensive term for a homosexual man

tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue

(verb) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress; “We wore ourselves out on this hike”

labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil

(verb) work hard; “She was digging away at her math homework”; “Lexicographers drudge all day long”


(verb) act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


fag (plural fags)

(US, technical) In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric.

(UK, Ireland, Australia, colloquial, dated in US and Canada) A cigarette.

(UK, obsolete, colloquial) The worst part or end of a thing.


• (cigarette): ciggy (Australia), smoke, (Cockney rhyming slang) oily rag

Etymology 2


fag (plural fags)

(British, dated, colloquial) A chore: an arduous and tiresome task.

(British, education, archaic, colloquial) A younger student acting as a servant for senior students.


fag (third-person singular simple present fags, present participle fagging, simple past and past participle fagged)

(transitive, colloquial, used mainly in passive form) To make exhausted, tired out.

(intransitive, colloquial) To droop; to tire.

(intransitive, British, education, archaic, colloquial) For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in many British boarding schools.

(transitive, British, education, archaic, colloquial) To have (a younger student) act as a servant in this way.

(intransitive, British, archaic) To work hard, especially on menial chores.

Etymology 3


fag (plural fags)

(chiefly, US, Canada, vulgar, usually offensive, sometimes affectionate) A homosexual man, especially (usually derogatory) an especially effeminate or unusual one.

(US, vulgar, offensive) An annoying person.

Usage notes

In North America, fag is often considered highly offensive, although some gay people have tried to reclaim it. (Compare faggot.) The humorousness of derived terms fag hag and fag stag is sometimes considered to lessen their offensiveness.


• (male homosexual): See homosexual person

• (annoying person): See jerk


• Afg., gaf

Source: Wiktionary

Fag n.

Definition: A knot or coarse part in cloth. [Obs.]

Fag, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Fagging.] Etym: [Cf. LG. fakk wearied, weary, vaak slumber, drowsiness, OFries. fai, equiv. to fach devoted to death, OS. f, OHG. feigi, G. feig, feige, cowardly, Icel. feigr fated to die, AS. f, Scot. faik, to fail, stop, lower the price; or perh. the same word as E. flag to droop.]

1. To become weary; to tire. Creighton withheld his force till the Italian began to fag. G. Mackenzie.

2. To labor to wearness; to work hard; to drudge. Read, fag, and subdue this chapter. Coleridge.

3. To act as a fag, or perform menial services or drudgery, for another, as in some English schools. To fag out, to become untwisted or frayed, as the end of a rope, or the edge of canvas.

Fag, v. t.

1. To tire by labor; to exhaust; as, he was almost fagged out.

2. Anything that fatigues. [R.] It is such a fag, I came back tired to death. Miss Austen. Brain fag. (Med.) See Cerebropathy.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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