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[ fag ]
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The terms fag and faggot are both used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting. However, faggot (but not fag ) is sometimes used within the gay community as a positive term of self-reference.
noun Slang.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man.
Offensive. a contemptible or dislikable person.
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Origin of fag

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An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; by shortening of faggot1

OTHER WORDS FROM fag

fag·gish, adjective

Other definitions for fag (2 of 2)

fag2
[ fag ]
/ fæg /

verb (used with object), fagged, fag·ging.
verb (used without object), fagged, fag·ging.
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.
noun

Origin of fag

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First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English fag(ge) “broken thread in cloth, a knot (in cloth), loose end” (further origin obscure); sense development apparently: “drooping end” to “droop, tire” to “make weary” to “drudgery, drudge” (compare flag1 to flag3); (def. 6) a shortening of fag end (“a butt,” hence a cigarette)

OTHER WORDS FROM fag

un·fagged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fag (1 of 3)

fag1
/ (fæɡ) /

noun
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
verb fags, fagging or fagged
(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

Word Origin for fag

C18: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for fag (2 of 3)

fag2
/ (fæɡ) /

noun
British a slang word for cigarette
a fag end, as of cloth

Word Origin for fag

C16 (in the sense: something hanging loose, flap): of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for fag (3 of 3)

fag3
/ (fæɡ) /

noun
slang, mainly US and Canadian short for faggot 2
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