(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.
- a drudge.
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.