[ fag-uh t ]
/ ˈfæg ət /

usage alert about faggot

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.

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

1910–15, Americanism; compare faggot a contemptuous term for a woman (from circa 1590), perhaps the same word as fagot


fag·got·y, fag·got·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for faggoty (1 of 2)


esp US fagot

/ (ˈfæɡət) /


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 faggoty (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfæɡət) /


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

Derived forms of faggot

faggoty, adjective

Word Origin for faggot

C20: special use of faggot 1
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