faggot

1
[ fag-uh t ]
/ ˈfæg ət /

noun British.

Definition for faggot (2 of 3)

faggot

2
[ fag-uh t ]
/ ˈfæg ət /

noun Slang.

Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Offensive. a contemptible or dislikable person.

Origin of faggot

2
1910–15, Americanism; compare faggot a contemptuous term for a woman (from circa 1590), perhaps the same word as fagot
Related formsfag·got·y, fag·got·ty, adjective

Usage alert

The terms faggot and fag 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.

Definition for faggot (3 of 3)

fagot

[ fag-uh t ]
/ ˈfæg ət /

noun

a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc.
a bundle; bunch.
a bundle of pieces of iron or steel to be welded, hammered, or rolled together at high temperature.

verb (used with object)

to bind or make into a fagot.
to ornament with fagoting.
Also British, fag·got.

Origin of fagot

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French; of obscure origin
Related formsfag·ot·er, nounun·fag·ot·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for faggot (1 of 2)

faggot

1

esp US fagot

/ (ˈfæɡət) /

noun

a bundle of sticks or twigs, esp when bound together and used as fuel
a bundle of iron bars, esp a box formed by four pieces of wrought iron and filled with scrap to be forged into wrought iron
a ball of chopped meat, usually pork liver, bound with herbs and bread and eaten fried
a bundle of anything

verb (tr)

to collect into a bundle or bundles
needlework to do faggoting on (a garment, piece of cloth, etc)

Word Origin for faggot

C14: from Old French, perhaps from Greek phakelos bundle

British Dictionary definitions for faggot (2 of 2)

faggot

2
/ (ˈfæɡət) /

noun

slang, mainly US and Canadian a male homosexualOften shortened to: fag
Derived Formsfaggoty, adjective

Word Origin for faggot

C20: special use of faggot 1
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