verb (1)
\ ˈfag How to pronounce fag (audio) \
fagged; fagging

Definition of fag

 (Entry 1 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to work hard : toil

transitive verb

: to tire by strenuous activity : exhaust fagged by the strenuous climb


noun (1)

Definition of fag (Entry 2 of 6)

1 chiefly British : toil, drudgery it is such a fag; I came back tired to death— Jane Austen


noun (2)

Definition of fag (Entry 3 of 6)

: an English public-school boy who acts as servant to an older schoolmate


verb (2)
fagged; fagging; fags

Definition of fag (Entry 4 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to serve as a fag (see fag entry 3) especially in an English public school fagging for older boys during his first year


noun (3)

Definition of fag (Entry 5 of 6)


noun (4)
plural fags

Definition of fag (Entry 6 of 6)

: a gay person used as a term of abuse and disparagement

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Noun (4)

faggy \ ˈfa-​gē How to pronounce fag (audio) \ adjective, offensive

First Known Use of fag

Verb (1)

1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1785, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1806, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fag

Verb (1) and Noun (1)

perhaps from obsolete fag to droop, from fag fag end

Noun (2) and Verb (2)

probably short for faggot

Noun (3)

fag end

Noun (4)

see faggot

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

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“Fag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fag. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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