\ ˈtäg How to pronounce tog (audio) , ˈtȯg \
togged; togging

Definition of tog

transitive verb

: to dress especially in fine clothing usually used with up or out

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Tog Began as Slang

The history of tog is a true rags-to-riches tale that begins with the slang of vagabonds and thieves—specifically, with the noun togeman, an old (and now obsolete) slang word meaning "cloak." By the early 18th century, the noun tog, a shortened form of togeman, was being used as a slang word for "coat," and before the century's end the plural form togs was being used to mean "clothing." The verb tog debuted shortly after togs and was immediately in style as a word for dressing up. You may be wondering if there's a connection between tog and toga, and if so, you are right on track. Togeman is believed to be derived in part from toga, which means "cloak" or "mantle" in Latin.

Examples of tog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Reds were first togged out by New Balance for the 2015/16 season, following the American sportswear company's takeover of Warrior Sports (remember them?) and have produced Liverpool's clobber for the last five seasons., "Ranking Every Liverpool New Balance Kit as Reds Prepare to Switch to Nike," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tog

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Tog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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