Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tog n.

also toge, togee, togg, togge, togger, toggy, tugg
[OE toge, a toga; ult. Lat. toga, a toga or cloak. As toga, it dates back to c.1400, as found in the line ‘Alle with taghte mene and towne in togers fulle ryche’ (Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d’Arthur]

1. an outer garment, a coat; thus upper tog.

[UK]Shakespeare Coriolanus III:iii: Why in this wolvish toge should I stand here.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Toge c. a Coat.
[UK]J. Hall Memoirs (1714) 14: Togge, a Coat.
[UK]C. Hitchin Regulator 20: Togge, alias Coat.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Ordinary of Newgate Account 31 July [Internet] He had a pretty rum outside and inside †† Togee [...] ††A good Coat and Waistcoat.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 112: A Coat A Toggy.
[UK]J. Poulter Discoveries (1774) 30: The ringing Toggs and Seats.
[UK](con. 1710–25) Tyburn Chronicle II in Groom (1999) xxix: A Toge A Coat.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: toge a Coat (cant).
[UK]Oxford Jrnl 11 Jan. 2/5: My name is Charles Turpin; I am come for your three togs (flash for great coats).
[UK]Vulgarities of Speech Corrected n.p.: Togger A great coat.
[UK]Marryat Peter Simple (1911) 393: May I be so bold as to ax, Captain O’Brien, whether I must wear one of them long tog, swallow-tailed coats?
[US]Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 317/1: Tog, a coat.
Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: Mother Willit, of Gerrard Street, who could turn out forty dress mots; and, to crack her own wids, ‘So help her kidnies, she al’us turned her gals out with a clean a—e and a good tog’.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 8/2: They go in strong on the ‘sneak’ when dark, or at the break of the races, when in the confusion [...] a ‘tog’ or ‘spread’ is sure to change owners.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[Aus]D. Niland Gold in the Streets (1966) 204: We go like aristo-something, all posh tog.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 86: I lit a shuck back to my regular old pad and jumped into a different tog.
[UK](con. 1930s–50s) D. Wells Night People 118: Tog. A suit.

2. (US Und.) among pickpockets, an overcoat used as a shield.

[UK]R. Nares Gloss. (1888) II 888: toge, s. A gown; from the Latin toga.
[US]Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 19 Apr. 12/3: The overcoat which conceals the hand is known to pickpockets as a ‘tog’.
[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl.

In derivatives

toggish (adj.) (also toggy)

fashionable, smart in appearance.

[UK] ‘The Chap Who The Ball Cocks Hangs’ in Flash Casket 93: He dresses so toggish and smart, / And in figure all others he bangs.
W.W. Skeat Reprinted Glossaries 82/2: Toggish, adj. proud of his toggery, i. e. finery : a slang expression.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 21 July 32/1: I enmtered an American headgear establishment, wishing [to buy] a new straw hat. The clerk retorted [...] ‘Say, I’ve got the toggiest layout of breakfast food kellies you ever nailed your lamps on. Here’s one that’s a dame-killer. Clinch it between your ears!’.

In compounds

tog and kicks (n.)

coat and trousers.

[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 13: Has there any thing equall’d the fal-lals and tricks / That bedizen’d old georgy’s bang-up tog and kicks!
Sinks of London 127/2: Tog and kicks, breeches and coat.

In phrases

in full tog (adj.)

dressed up.

[UK]Navy at Home I 63: He was an extremely sleek and comely personage on the whole, when in full tog or grande tenue, as the French say.
long tog (n.) (also long togs)

(US Und.) an overcoat; ? a suit.

[US]H. Tufts Autobiog. (1930) 291: Long tog signifies a coat.
[UK]Marryat King’s Own II 152: When I landed at Porstmouth, I retained a suit of ‘long togs,’ as we call them.
(ref. to 1806) J. Grossman James Fenimore Cooper 14: The captain, when he went ashore, used to dress in blue long-tog, drab breeches, and top-boots, so that he could pass for a country gentleman.
outside tog(e) (n.)

a cloak.

[UK] Ordinary of Newgate Accounts 8 Nov. [Internet] He told Dr. Fluellin, he had seen a Tale, (a Sword) a Scout, (a Watch) a Calm and Shade, (a Hat and Wig) a Brace of Wedges, (Silver Buckles) and an outside Toge, (a Cloak).
[UK]cited in Partridge DU (1961).
simp togs (n.)

best clothes, smart clothes.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 124: Then I’ll put on my simp togs [sharp clothes] for I will have my gage, / to look your town over for some yellow babes.