Origin of fig1
Definition for fig (2 of 3)
Origin of fig2
Definition for fig (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for fig
Or is Rand co-opting them by merely using his newfound adviser as a fig leaf?Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?|James Kirchick|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally in 2003, the absurdity of the explosive numbers forced MLB to institute a fig leaf of testing.
This fig leaf of legality must be stripped away, otherwise violence will persist.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan|Akshaya Kumar|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Powers never found the house he was looking for, because he never cared a fig for how he might pay for it.A Plot Against Living: J.F. Powers’s ‘Suitable Accommodations’|D. G. Myers|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That leaves Tzipi LIvni, who appears with each passing day to be little more than a fig leaf.Israeli Deputy Defense Minister: Government 'Will Be Against' Any Palestinian State|Ali Gharib|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He doesnt care a fig about the symphony or about the Eternal Goya.The Shadow of Life|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
When he was out of sight, Doa Teresa and the Twins had their breakfasts too, sitting on the stones under the fig tree.The Mexican Twins|Lucy Fitch Perkins
Adam and Eve appeared naked, and donned their fig leaves in the presence of the audience.How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
Seeing, he said, was believing; and he wouldn't give a fig for a man who couldn't rely upon the evidence of his own senses.
Raising the division68 slightly is permissible (b, fig 161)too much makes the top part disproportionately small (c).Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering|Edward Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for fig (1 of 3)
Word Origin for fig
British Dictionary definitions for fig (2 of 3)
verb figs, figging or figged (tr)
Word Origin for fig
British Dictionary definitions for fig (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for fig
early 13c., from Old French figue (12c.), from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin *fica, from Latin ficus "fig tree, fig," from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language, possibly a Semitic one (cf. Phoenician pagh "half-ripe fig"). A reborrowing of a word that had been taken directly from Latin as Old English fic.
The insulting sense of the word in Shakespeare, etc. (A fig for ...) is 1570s, in part from fig as "small, valueless thing," but also from Greek and Italian use of their versions of the word as slang for "vulva," apparently because of how a ripe fig looks when split open [Rawson, Weekley]. Giving the fig (French faire la figue, Spanish dar la higa) was an indecent gesture of ancient provenance, made by putting the thumb between two fingers or into the mouth, with the intended effect of the modern gesture of "flipping the bird" (see bird (n.3)). See sycophant. Use of fig leaf in figurative sense of "flimsy disguise" (1550s) is from Gen. iii:7.
Idioms and Phrases with fig
see under not give a damn.