- to tire or weary by labor; exhaust (often followed by out): The long climb fagged us out.
- British. to require (a younger public-school pupil) to do menial chores.
- Nautical. to fray or unlay the end of (a rope).
- Chiefly British. to work until wearied; work hard: to fag away at French.
- British Informal. to do menial chores for an older public-school pupil.
- Slang. a cigarette.
- a fag end, as of cloth.
- a rough or defective spot in a woven fabric; blemish; flaw.
- Chiefly British. drudgery; toil.
- British Informal. a younger pupil in a British public school required to perform certain menial tasks for, and submit to the hazing of, an older pupil.
- a drudge.
Origin of fag1
Examples from the Web for fagging
Fagging, which began after the first fortnight, he found a not unpleasant duty.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
Volumes of nonsense have been written about the Fagging System.Seeing and Hearing
George W. E. Russell
Fagging was a fully established system at Eton and Winchester in the 16th century, and is probably a good deal older.
Fagging was the law; so the upper forms enslaved the lower ones.Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers
- informal a boring or wearisome taskit's a fag having to walk all that way
- British (esp formerly) a young public school boy who performs menial chores for an older boy or prefect
- (when tr, often foll by out) informal to become or cause to become exhausted by hard toil or work
- (usually intr) British to do or cause to do menial chores in a public schoolBrown fags for Lee
- British a slang word for cigarette
- a fag end, as of cloth
- slang, mainly US and Canadian short for faggot 2
Word Origin and History for fagging
"to droop, decline, tire," 1520s, apparently an alteration of flag (v.) in its sense of "droop." Transitive sense of "to make (someone or something) fatigued" is first attested 1826. Related: Fagged; fagging.
British slang for "cigarette" (originally, especially, the butt of a smoked cigarette), 1888, probably from fag-end "extreme end, loose piece" (1610s), from fag "loose piece" (late 15c.), which is perhaps related to fag (v.).