fagging


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fag 1

 (făg)
n. Chiefly British
1.
a. A student at a boarding school who is required to perform menial tasks for a student in a higher grade.
b. A drudge.
2. Fatiguing or tedious work; drudgery.
v. fagged, fag·ging, fags
v.tr. Informal
To exhaust; weary: Four hours on the tennis court fagged me out.
v.intr. Chiefly British
1. To work to exhaustion; toil.
2. To function as the servant of another student in a boarding school.

[From fag, to droop (obsolete), perhaps from Middle English fagge; see fag end.]

fag 2

 (făg)
n. Slang
A cigarette.

[Short for fag end.]

fag 3

 (făg)
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.

[Short for faggot.]
References in classic literature ?
Two months had gone by,--two months of steady, fagging work; of cooking, washing, ironing; of mending and caring for the three children, although Jenny was fast becoming a notable little housewife, quick, ready, and capable.
Peggotty, and been well paid in being asked to do it, yet she persisted, all day long, in toiling under weights that she was quite unequal to, and fagging to and fro on all sorts of unnecessary errands.
At Eton his hatred of tyranny was fiercely aroused by the fagging system and the other brutalities of an English school; he broke into open revolt and became known as 'mad Shelley,' and his schoolfellows delighted in driving him into paroxysms of rage.