• The cuckoo's fag
    The cuckoo's fag
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fag exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress "We wore ourselves out on this hike"
    • v fag work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • v fag act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
    • n fag finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
    • n fag offensive term for an openly homosexual man
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Fag End Fag End

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In England, a cigarette is referred to as a fag
    • n Fag făg A knot or coarse part in cloth.
    • Fag Anything that fatigues. "It is such a fag , I came back tired to death."
    • Fag To act as a fag, or perform menial services or drudgery, for another, as in some English schools.
    • Fag To become weary; to tire. "Creighton withheld his force till the Italian began to fag ."
    • Fag To labor to wearness; to work hard; to drudge. "Read, fag , and subdue this chapter."
    • Fag To tire by labor; to exhaust; as, he was almost fagged out.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fag To become weary; fail in strength; be faint with weariness.
    • fag To labor hard or assiduously; work till wearied.
    • fag To act as a fag; perform menial services for another.
    • fag To tire by labor; exhaust: often with out.
    • fag To use or treat as a fag or drudge; compel to labor for one's benefit; cause to perform menial services for one.
    • fag To beat.
    • n fag A laborious drudge.
    • n fag In certain English public schools, as Eton, Harrow, and Winchester, a schoolboy of a lower class who performs menial services for another boy who is in the highest or next highest form or class, having to prepare his breakfast, carry messages, etc., in return for which protection and assistance in various ways are accorded. The system of fagging is now much milder than formerly.
    • n fag A fatiguing or tiring piece of work; a wearisome task.
    • n fag The fringe at the end of a piece of cloth, or at the end of a rope.
    • n fag The end; fag-end.
    • n fag A knot or blemish in the web of cloth; an imperfect or coarse part of such a web.
    • fag To become untwisted, as the end of a rope; ravel: usually with out.
    • n fag Long, coarse grass.
    • n fag A mink.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fag fag to become weary or tired out: to work hard: to be a fag
    • v.t Fag to weary: to use as a fag:—pr.p. fag′ging; pa.p. fagged
    • n Fag at Eton, Winchester, &c., a schoolboy forced to do menial offices for one older, who in turn protects him: a tiresome piece of work: drudgery
    • ***


  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. fakk, wearied, weary, vaak, slumber, drowsiness, OFries. fai, equiv. to fāch, devoted to death, OS. fēgi, OHG. feigi, G. feig, feige, cowardly, Icel. feigr, fated to die, AS. fǣge, Scot. faik, to fail, stop, lower the price; or perh. the same word as E. flag, to droop


In literature:

A little pale, a good deal fagged, and very anxious, Dr.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
You are looking rather fagged, Ursula.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
One of the horses was so fagged that we delayed in consequence till 12.35.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
But life is at the fag end with me now.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
By all accounts the fagging and bullying in that establishment were appalling.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
My mare's fagged, and I drove along in case the letter missed fire.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
I stopped and spoke, then offered him a fag.
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
It has all the freshness of a principle never fagged out by practice.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
We were just then living at the fag-end of an anti-religious time.
"Matthew Arnold" by G. W. E. Russell
As we passed under the Bismarck bridge, we confessed that we were thoroughly fagged.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt

In poetry:

Four 'Uns; lor, wot a bag!
'Ere, Fritz, sample a fag!
Oh my, ain't it a gyme!
Part of me outfit every time.
"My Bay'nit" by Robert W Service
The ruffled fag fordone with care
And brooding, God would ease this pain:
Him soothest thou and smoothest down
Till some content return again.
"Herba Santa" by Herman Melville
At the kindly touch of the stockmen rude
His eyes grew human with gratitude;
And though we parched in the heat that fags,
We gave him the last of the water-bags.
"The Cattle-Dog's Death" by Henry Lawson
Through the gloaming broadens the harvest moon;
The fagged hind whistles his homeward tune;
The last load creaks up the hamlet hill;
'Tis only my voice, my voice that is still.
"The Poet And The Muse" by Alfred Austin
'E calls me Digger; that's 'ow 'e begins.
'E sez 'e's only 'arf a man; an' grins.
Judged be 'is nerve, I'd say 'e was worth two
Uv me an' you.
Then 'e digs 'arf a fag out uv 'is vest,
Borrers me matches, an' I gives 'im best.
"Digger Smith" by C J Dennis
Smith by name, but long forgotten was his legal patronymic,
In a land where every bushman wears some unbaptismal tag;
And, through frequent repetition of a well worn requisition,
"Smith" had long retired in favor of the title, "Got-a-Fag."
"'Got-a-Fag'" by C J Dennis

In news:

From the Ashes of Typecasting, Fag Hag Debra Messing Rises Again.
Yes, I know: " fag hag" isn't exactly the most delicate way to talk about a lady who loves her gays.
Listening to the breathless coverage of the NBA finals, I can't seem to forget the " fag " incident.
Who says it's "harmless" for basketball stars like Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah to call other guys fags.
"Thank God for another state jumping into the Fag Marriage outhouse.".
If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag .
The shock-jock contrasts reaction to the director's use of the word "fag" to controversies involving Roman Polanski, Hilary Swank and Charlie Sheen.
Since I can't find a real boyfriend, I have to invent one using handsome gay men (there are two words for this, namely fag and hag )—hence my "relationships" with Casey, Adam, and now Rufus.
The term is "fag-hag" -- and a thousand pardons, sensitive readers, but there is no P.C.
This new film, Stage Beauty, is an absolute fag-hag fiesta.
The media is in a total screaming fag frenzy.
Yes, I know: "fag hag" isn't exactly the most delicate way to talk about a lady who loves her gays.
LOS ANGELES – Last year, Jen Aniston's character in the comedy "Horrible Bosses" was criticized for using the word "fag.
The gay couple who found 'Leave or Die Fags' spray painted on their front porch in Clarendon has moved to Amarillo.
In a bar brawl between rough-guy poets Bukowski and Rimbaud, I'd put my money on the fag.

In science:

Taking V = fa; bg, U = fag, and U = fbg, it is easy to see that according to the second de(cid:12)nition, P(cid:3) (U \ V jW ) = P(cid:3) (U \ V jW ) = , but P(cid:3) (U jV ) > P(cid:3) (U jV ).
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Therefore the orbits of Ga are fag, fbg, X2 .
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
We should also let C (cid:0) fAg = D (cid:0) fBg, which corresponds to an assumption that each literal in R is inherited both from C and D .
Generalization of Clauses under Implication
For L(O) we take all the irreducible G-equivariant F-local systems, so that we can identify L(O) with Irr FAG (xO ).
Decomposition numbers for perverse sheaves
He thanks the Algebra Group at the Institutt for Matematiske Fag, NTNU, for their hospitality and generous support.
On the vanishing of homology for modules of finite complete intersection dimension