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[tog] /tɒg/
a coat.
Usually, togs. clothes.
verb (used with object), togged, togging.
to dress (often followed by out or up).
Origin of tog
1775-85; apparently short for earlier cant togeman(s), togman cloak, coat, equivalent to toge (late Middle English < Latin toga toga) + -man(s) obsolete cant suffix < ? Unabridged
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  • You don't need to bother about evening togs—plain living and high thinking, you know.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • Hold the line again for a jiffy, and I'll go through his togs.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • It didn't matter in the Garden; but to go to work with a lot of other chaps, these togs aint what you may call spicy.

    Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
  • You see, I'm not much class over here, even in Morris's togs.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Wen he says that my togs and my talk are "the fashion of sev'ral years back."

  • If Kent has his evening togs and you have the black silk you'll pass muster.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Abbie was dressed in her Sunday togs and her hair was frizzed till she couldn't wrinkle her forehead.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then I'll put on my togs, with your leave: it's none so warm!

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • He was accompanied by three boys in togs, one of them Captain Miller.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Yes, mynheer; there be togs with tail and togs without tail.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for togs


plural noun (informal)
(Austral & NZ, Irish) a swimming costume
Word Origin
from tog1


verb togs, togging, togged
often foll by up or out. to dress oneself, esp in smart clothes
See togs
Word Origin
C18: probably short for obsolete cant togemans coat, from Latin togatoga + -mans, of uncertain origin


  1. a unit of thermal resistance used to measure the power of insulation of a fabric, garment, quilt, etc. The tog-value of an article is equal to ten times the temperature difference between its two faces, in degrees Celsius, when the flow of heat across it is equal to one watt per m²
  2. (as modifier): tog-rating
Word Origin
C20: arbitrary coinage from tog1 (noun)
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Word Origin and History for togs

"clothes," 1779, plural of tog (q.v.).



1708, "any outer garment," shortened from togman "cloak, loose coat" (1560s), thieves' cant word, formed from French togue "cloak," from Latin toga (see toga). Middle English toge "toga" (14c.) was also a cant word for "coat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for togs



Clothing, esp that worn for a specific purpose: riding togs

[1779+; fr tog, ''coat,'' ultimately fr Latin toga]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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