tog

verb
\ˈtäg, ˈtȯg\
togged; togging

Definition of tog 

transitive verb

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

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.

First Known Use of tog

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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