(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).
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.
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.
Slang Termsn. Slang (disparaging and offensive). faggot2.
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)
- by shortening 1920–25, American.