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fig

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[ fig ]
/ fɪg /
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noun
any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, especially a small tree, F. carica, native to southwestern Asia, bearing a turbinate or pear-shaped fruit that is eaten fresh, preserved, or dried.
the fruit of such a tree or shrub, or of any related species.
any of various plants having a fruit somewhat resembling this.
a contemptibly trifling or worthless amount; the least bit: His help wasn't worth a fig.
a gesture of contempt.
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Origin of fig

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1175–1225; Middle English fige<Old French <Old Provençal figa<Vulgar Latin *fīca, for Latin fīcus

Other definitions for fig (2 of 3)

fig2
[ fig ]
/ fɪg /

noun
dress or array: to appear at a party in full fig.
condition: to feel in fine fig.

Origin of fig

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1685–95; earlier feague to liven, whip up <German fegen to furbish, sweep, clean; akin to fair1

Other definitions for fig (3 of 3)

fig.

abbreviation
figurative.
figuratively.
figure; figures.
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British Dictionary definitions for fig (1 of 3)

fig1
/ (fɪɡ) /

noun

Word Origin for fig

C13: from Old French figue, from Old Provençal figa, from Latin fīcus fig tree

British Dictionary definitions for fig (2 of 3)

fig2
/ (fɪɡ) slang /

verb figs, figging or figged (tr)
(foll by out or up) to dress (up) or rig (out)
to administer stimulating drugs to (a horse)
noun
dress, appearance, or array (esp in the phrase in full fig)
physical condition or formin bad fig

Word Origin for fig

C17 feague, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for fig (3 of 3)

fig.

abbreviation for
figurative(ly)
figure
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fig

fig

see under not give a damn.

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