a coat.
Usually togs. clothes.

verb (used with object), togged, tog·ging.

to dress (often followed by out or up).

Origin of tog

1775–85; apparently short for earlier cant togeman(s), togman cloak, coat, equivalent to toge (late Middle English < Latin toga toga) + -man(s) obsolete cant suffix < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for togs

Historical Examples of togs

  • You see, I'm not much class over here, even in Morris's togs.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • If Kent has his evening togs and you have the black silk you'll pass muster.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He was accompanied by three boys in togs, one of them Captain Miller.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Go in; change your togs; you'll find something in that bag that'll fit you.

  • Be at the gym at three with your togs, Gilbert, and do your best for us from now on.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for togs


pl n informal

Australian, NZ and Irish a swimming costume

Word Origin for togs

from tog 1



verb togs, togging or togged

(often foll by up or out) to dress oneself, esp in smart clothes


See togs

Word Origin for tog

C18: probably short for obsolete cant togemans coat, from Latin toga toga + -mans, of uncertain origin




  1. a unit of thermal resistance used to measure the power of insulation of a fabric, garment, quilt, etc. The tog-value of an article is equal to ten times the temperature difference between its two faces, in degrees Celsius, when the flow of heat across it is equal to one watt per m²
  2. (as modifier)tog-rating

Word Origin for tog

C20: arbitrary coinage from tog 1 (noun)
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Word Origin and History for togs

"clothes," 1779, plural of tog (q.v.).



1708, "any outer garment," shortened from togman "cloak, loose coat" (1560s), thieves' cant word, formed from French togue "cloak," from Latin toga (see toga). Middle English toge "toga" (14c.) was also a cant word for "coat."

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