(etyl) nagge'', cognate with Dutch ''negge
A small horse; a pony.
An old useless horse.
(obsolete, derogatory) A paramour.
* 1598 , , III. x. 11:
- Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt – Whom leprosy o'ertake!
* (old useless horse) dobbin, hack, jade, plug
* (old useless horse) bum (racing )
Probably from a (etyl) source; compare Swedish .
To repeatedly remind or complain to someone in an annoying way, often about insignificant matters.
To act inappropriately in the eyes of peers, to backstab, to verbally abuse.
To bother with persistent memories.
Other sorts of persistent annoyance, e.g.:
- The notion that he forgot something nagged him the rest of the day.
- A nagging pain in his left knee
- A nagging north wind
(US, technical) In textile inspections, a rough or coarse defect in the woven fabric.
(UK, Ireland, Australia, colloquial, dated in US and Canada) A cigarette.
* 1968 January 25,
The Bulletin, Oregon ,
- He?d Phase Out Fag Industry
* 2001 , (2001), 15,
- Los Angeles (UPI) - A UCLA professor has called for the phasing out of the cigarette industry by converting tobacco acres to other crops.
* 2011 , Bill Marsh, Great Australian Shearing Stories ,
- All of them, like my mother, were heavy smokers, and after warming themselves by the fire, they would sit on the sofa and smoke, lobbing their web fag ends into the fire.
(UK, obsolete, colloquial) The worst part or end of a thing.
- So I started off by asking the shearers if they minded if I took a belly off while they were having a fag'. Then after a while they were asking me. They?d say, ‘Do yer wanta take over fer a bit while I have a '''fag'''?’ And then I got better and I?d finish the sheep and they?d say ‘Christ, I haven?t finished me bloody ' fag yet, yer may as well shear anotherie.’
, editor=William Perry
, title=The Royal standard English dictionary?
, s. the worst part or end of anything.}}
* (cigarette) ciggy (Australia), smoke, (Cockney rhyming slang) oily rag
Probably alteration of
(British, colloquial) A chore; an arduous and tiresome task.
* 1818 , '', 1992, ''Complete Works of Jane Austen ,
(British, archaic, colloquial) In many British boarding schools, a younger student acting as a servant for senior students.
* 1791 , Simon Sapling (pseudonym), Richard Cumberland, The Observer: A Collection of Moral, Literary and Familiar Essays , Volume 4,
- We are sadly off in the country; not but what we have very good shops in Salisbury, but it is so far to go—eight miles is a long way; Mr. Allen says it is nine, measured nine; but I am sure it cannot be more than eight; and it is such a fag —I come back tired to death.
- I had the character at ?chool of being the very be?t fag that ever came into it.
(transitive, colloquial, used mainly in passive form) To make exhausted, tired out.
(colloquial) To droop; to tire.
* G. Mackenzie, Lives'', quoted in 1829 , "Fag", entry in ''The London Encyclopaedia: Or, Universal Dictionary , Volume 9,
(British, archaic, colloquial) For a younger student to act as a servant for senior students in many British boarding schools.
- Creighton with-held his force 'till the Italian began to fag , and then brought him to the ground.
(vulgar, offensive) A homosexual person.
* 1921 John Lind, The Female Impersonators (
Historical Documentation of American Slang v. 1, A-G, edited by Jonathan E. Lighter (New York: Random House, 1994) page 716.
- Androgynes known as “fairies,” “fags,” or “brownies.”
, author=American Neurological Association
, coauthors=New York Neurological Association et al
, journal=Journal of nervous and mental disease
, passage=In schizophrenics, however, the homosexual outlet is sooner or later ... ideas that strangers call them "cs," "fairy," "woman," "fag
," " fruit," etc.). ...
* 2006 , Lynn Mickelsen, Confusion Turned to Chaos
- A couple of days later, Trisha tells Madelyn there is a rumor going around that she's a fag .
, author=Paul Ryan Brewer
, title=Value war: public opinion and the politics of gay rights
, isbn=0742562115, 9780742562110
, passage=... what appeared to be overt appeals to anti-gay sentiment. When House Majority Whip Dick Armey referred to fellow Congressman Barney Frank as "Barney Fag
" in 1995, he suffered a barage of negative publicity that prompted him to explain his choice of words as a slip of the tongue.}}
# (colloquial, disparaging) In particular, a conspicuously non-straight-acting homosexual male.
(US, vulgar, offensive) An annoying person.
- Why did you do that, you fag ?
In North America, fag is often considered highly offensive, although some gay people have tried to reclaim it. (Compare faggot.) The humorousness of derived terms fag hag'' and ''fag stag is sometimes considered to lessen their offensiveness.
* fag hag
* fag stag
* (male homosexual) faggot, fairy, homo, queer
* (male homosexual friend) bro, pal
* (annoying person) ass, asshole, dick, jerk, prick, putz, schmuck
* (conspicuous homosexual)
** (effeminate or prissy) flamer, queen