Definition of fag noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fæɡ//
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  1. 1[countable] (British English, informal) = cigarette
  2. 2(also faggot) [countable] (North American English, taboo, slang) an offensive word for a male homosexual
  3. 3[singular] (British English, informal) something that is boring and tiring to do It's too much of a fag to go out. Travelling all that way to work every day is a real fag.
  4. 4[countable] (British English) (especially in the past) a boy at a public school who has to do jobs for an older boy
  5. Word Originsenses 3 to 4 mid 16th cent. (as a verb in the sense ‘grow weary’): of unknown origin. Compare with flag in the verb sense ‘to become tired’.sense 2 1920s: short for faggot ‘homosexual’.sense 1 late 19th cent.: elliptically from fag end.

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