fag

\ \ English has three distinct words fag, none of whose origins is altogether clear. The oldest is the one which denotes ‘drudgery’. It is first recorded as a verb in the 16th century, meaning ‘droop, decline’; its more common noun uses, ‘hard boring work’ and ‘boy who does tasks for an older boy in a British public school’, appear to have developed in the late 18th century. It is generally taken to have been originally an alteration of flaglose vigour, droop’, although there is no conclusive proof of this. Fagcigarette’ [19] is an abbreviation of fag-end [17], which originally meant generally ‘extreme end’. It was a compound formed from an earlier fag [15], whose underlying meaning seems to have been something like ‘piece hanging down loosely, flap’ (and which conceivably could be related to fagdrudgery’). Faghomosexual’ [20] is short for faggot [13], a derogatory term applied to male homosexuals in American English since the early 20th century; the usage is probably based on the slightly earlier uncomplimentary use of the word for ‘woman’. Faggot means literally ‘bundle of sticks’, and comes via Old French fagot from Italian faggotto (which is used also for ‘bassoon’). This in turn is a diminutive form of Vulgar Latin *facus, which was based ultimately on Greek phákelosbundle’. The notion of applying a term for ‘bundle’ abusively to ‘women’ is perhaps echoed in baggage.

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  • fag — fag; fag·gery; fag·o·py·rism; fag·o·py·rum; fag·ot·er; fag·ot·ing; fag·got·ry; fag·goty; fag·ot; fag·got·ing; fag·got·ty; fag·o·py·ris·mus; …   English syllables

  • fag — FAG, fagi, s.m. Copac înalt cu coaja netedă, alburie sau cenuşie şi cu lemnul tare, cu frunze ovale, netede, lucioase, cu perişori fini pe margini (Fagus silvatica). – lat. fagus. Trimis de cornel, 05.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  fag adj. m., pl.… …   Dicționar Român

  • fag — fag1 [fag] vi. fagged, fagging [< ? FAG END] 1. to work hard and become very tired 2. [Brit. Informal] to serve as a fag or servant vt. 1. to make tired by hard work 2. [Brit. Informal] to employ (a boy) as a fag or servant …   English World dictionary

  • Fag — Fag, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fagged} (f[a^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fagging} (f[a^]g g[i^]ng).] [Cf. LG. fakk wearied, weary, vaak slumber, drowsiness, OFries. fai, equiv. to f[=a]ch devoted to death, OS. f[=e]gi, OHG. feigi, G. feig, feige, cowardly,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fag — may refer to: * Fag, a British colloquialism for cigarette * Fag, a junior boy who acts or acted as servant ( Fagging ) to a senior boy at a British independent school * Fag, or Faggot (slang), an American generally pejorative word or slur for a… …   Wikipedia

  • fag — Ⅰ. fag [1] Brit. informal ► NOUN 1) a tiring or unwelcome task. 2) a junior pupil at a public school who does minor chores for a senior pupil. ► VERB (fagged, fagging) 1) work hard. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • Fag — Fag, v. t. 1. To tire by labor; to exhaust; as, he was almost fagged out. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that fatigues. [R.] [1913 Webster] It is such a fag, I came back tired to death. Miss Austen. [1913 Webster] {Brain fag}. (Med.) See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FAG — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda FAG: las siglas de la Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca; las siglas por la que se conoció a las Fuerzas Armadas Guanches, una organización armada canaria que combatió en la década de 1970 por la independencia del… …   Wikipedia Español

  • fag — [fæg] n [Sense: 1; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: fag end] [Sense: 2; Date: 1900 2000; Origin: faggot] [Sense: 3,4; Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from FLAG2] 1.) BrE informal a cigarette …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fag — fag, faggot In BrE a fag is a colloquial word for (1) a piece of drudgery or a wearisome or unwelcome task, (2) a cigarette, and (3) a junior pupil at a public school who runs errands for a senior. In BrE a faggot is a ball or roll of seasoned… …   Modern English usage

  • fag — sb., et, fag, ene, i sms. fag , fx fagkreds, fagområde …   Dansk ordbog


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