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faggot

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Pronunciation: /ˈfaɡət
 
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Definition of faggot in English:

noun

1 (usually faggots) British A ball or roll of seasoned chopped liver, baked or fried.
Example sentences
  • It usually disappears - in England, as in France - with the rest of the pluck (heart, liver, lungs) into faggots, sausages and pâtés.
  • Their innate modesty is expressed in their alternative names - rissoles, patties, faggots - and a complete absence of trend-setting ingredients such as mizuna, enoki, frog's legs and mascarpone.
  • His faggots were legendary. ‘We opened in 1994; eight months later, we had a Michelin star, one of the fastest ever to be won.’
2 (US fagot) A bundle of sticks bound together as fuel.
Example sentences
  • She threw an extra fagot in the fire and when she examined him, Raine noticed for the first time how young he really was.
  • Between the Neanderthal's bundle of burning faggots and the blinding blue glare of the modern headlight, man has brightened the darkness in a number of ingenious ways.
  • When the plotters breached the cellars at Westminster, Fawkes set the explosives under a pile of faggots.
2.1A bundle of iron rods bound together for reheating, welding, and hammering into bars.
Example sentences
  • The faggots of blistered steel are made by binding in a bundle, around a bar of double that length, four pieces of eighteen inches long, which are secured in their positions by a small band of wrought iron, which is subsequently removed.
  • These faggots are placed in the forge hearth until they have attained a strong welding heat.
3North American informal , offensive A male homosexual.
4British informal , dated An unpleasant or contemptible woman.
Example sentences
  • The word took an approbrious turn sometime in the 16th century, when faggot became an abusive nickname for a woman.
  • A faggot woman was dismissed as one would dismiss a bundle of sticks.

verb (faggots, faggoting, faggoted; US fagots, fagoting, fagoted)

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1 archaic Bind in or make into faggots.
2(In embroidery) join by faggoting.
Example sentences
  • Fascinated by ancient styles of construction, Zhang has made lavish use of symmetrization, bias-cutting, pleating, carving, lace-trimming, embroidering, fagoting, sequinning and beading.
  • Featherstitch or feather stitch and Cretan stitch or faggoting stitch are embroidery techniques made of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of a central rib.
  • Open Cretan stitch or faggoting is used in making open decorative seams and to attach insertions.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'bundle of sticks for fuel'): from Old French fagot, from Italian fagotto, based on Greek phakelos 'bundle'.

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  • Faggot was first recorded in the sense ‘bundle of sticks for fuel’. It comes via Old French from Italian fagotto, which was based on Greek phakelos ‘bundle’. Towards the end of the 16th century, the word came to be used as an abusive term for a woman; later, in the early 20th century, this was applied as offensive slang in US English to a male homosexual. The abbreviation fag dates from the 1920s. Faggot also came to be used for any general bundle or collection of things by the end of the 15th century, and this is the source of faggot for the traditional English dish known as a faggot (mid 19th century), which is made up from miscellaneous bits of chopped pork and offal bundled together.

Derivatives

faggoty

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I see you still got this faggoty couch, Ward said.

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