WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fag1 /fæg/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Slang Terms[Slang.]a cigarette.
  2. Slang Terms[Slang](disparaging and offensive). a male homosexual.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
fag1  (fag), 
v., fagged, fag•ging, n. 

  • to tire or weary by labor;
    exhaust (often fol. by out):The long climb fagged us out.
  • British Terms[Brit.]to require (a younger public-school pupil) to do menial chores.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]to fray or unlay the end of (a rope).

  • v.i. 
  • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to work until wearied; work hard:to fag away at French.
  • British Terms[Brit. Informal.]to do menial chores for an older public-school pupil.

  • n. 
  • Slang Terms[Slang.]a cigarette.
  • Textilesa fag end, as of cloth.
  • Textilesa rough or defective spot in a woven fabric;
  • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]drudgery;
  • British Terms[Brit. Informal.]a younger pupil in a British public school required to perform certain menial tasks for, and submit to the hazing of, an older pupil.
  • a drudge.
  • Etymology:1425–75;
    late Middle English fagge broken thread in cloth, loose end (of obscure origin, originally);
    sense development apparently: drooping end to droop, tire to make weary drudgery, drudge (compare relationship of flag1 to flag3);
    (def. 6) a shortening of fag end (a butt, hence a cigarette)

    fag2  (fag), 
  • Slang Termsn. Slang (disparaging and offensive). faggot2.
  • Etymology:
    • by shortening 1920–25, American.
    faggish, adj. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fag /fæɡ/ n
    1. informal a boring or wearisome task
    2. Brit (esp formerly) a young public school boy who performs menial chores for an older boy or prefect
    vb (fags, fagging, fagged)
    1. when tr, often followed by out: informal to become or cause to become exhausted by hard toil or work
    2. (usually intr) Brit to do or cause to do menial chores in a public school
    Etymology: 18th Century: of obscure origin
    fag /fæɡ/ n
    1. Brit
      a slang word for cigarette
    Etymology: 16th Century (in the sense: something hanging loose, flap): of obscure origin
    fag /fæɡ/ n
    1. slang chiefly US Canadian
      short for faggot2

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