1. a general term of abuse, usu. of women or children.
|[||Catharos 4b: A filbert is better than a faggot, except it be an Athenian she handfull] .|
|Parish Gutt’lers in Misc. IV 48: One Dol Gulpin, big with Child, a Faggot-Drab.|
|Samples of Sweethearts and Wives! [cartoon caption] Damn your blood, you old Faggot, where are you coming to?|
|Fancy 16: I have got a faggot here, / Aye, and quite a bad one; Were I married. p’rhaps my dear / Might think that he too had one.‘King Tims the First’ in|
|Peter Simple (1911) 30: So, Master Simple, old Trotter and his faggot of a wife have got hold of you – have they?|
|Dict. of Provincialisms 10/1: Fagot, An opprobrius name applied to a woman, as ‘get out you fagot’.|
|Handy Andy 248: ‘Take that, you owld faggot!’ cried Matty, as she shook Mrs. Rooney’s tributary claret from the knuckles.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 8 Apr. 2/6: Mrs Greenwood called me a faggot, I called her another.|
|What I Heard, Saw, and Did 92: The old man [...] crying out every now and then, ‘give the old faggot plenty, for she might not have the chance again’.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Sth Aus. Advertiser 19 Feb. 3/7: The defendant [...] called her a drunken faggot and used other insulting language.|
|Little Gerty I i: You nasty little faggot!|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 18 May 19/1: ‘Yes, my mother-in-law, the thirsty old faggot’.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890).|
|Warwickshire Word-Book 74: Faggot. A degrading and contemptuous epithet applied to a female.|
|Queenslander (Brisbane) 25 Mar. 540/1: While trying an old woman for stealing faggots [the judge] unconsciously ejaculated, ‘Why, one faggot is as like another faggot as one egg is like another egg’.|
|Truth (Brisbane) 24 Mar. 2/3: When blackguard faggots strut around / And flash there Wage of Sin.|
|Ballygullion 110: ‘Ye ould faggot, ye,’ sez he.|
|Dinny on the Doorstep 25: You’ll not have any truck wid that ould faggot of a wan.|
|Moleskin Joe 34: The poor nuns [...] Raped! Ah, the dirty faggot, that Kaiser!|
|Adocate (Burnie, Tas.) 21 June 5/5: Ormond [...] called her ‘A dirty Jewess’ and ‘A dirty faggot’ .|
|Rocky Road 216: The ould faggot that opened the door said I was mistaken.|
|‘Mexicana Rose’ in Life (1976) 42: ‘Quiet,’ said Smitty, ‘or I’ll draw you on a bead.’ / ‘Faggot,’ said Rose, ‘your heart’s a mustard seed.’.et al.|
|Darling Buds of May (1985) 68: One or two of the old faggots might try a bit of cheek on you.|
|Down All the Days 12: ‘The oul faggots!’ his mother would mutter darkly under her breath.|
|Bend for Home 66: Mrs Smith wants a cherry cake at five, my mother would say. Does she, the faggot.|
2. a prostitute.
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 17 July 3/5: Twig her red ribbons! there goes a flaming faggot!|
|Truth (Brisbane) 11 Jan. 6/7: The grocer had called her a DIRTY, LOW, STREET FAGGOT.|
3. (US, also faggart) a homosexual man; in general use the term covers any gay man, in gay use the implication is of overt effeminacy.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 30: drag [...] Amongst female impersonators on the stage and men of dual sex instincts ‘drag’ denotes female attire donned by a male. Example: ‘All the fagots (sissies) will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight’.|
|Transcript Foster Inq. in Perverts by Official Order (1989) 54: He had attended a party where ‘indiscreet things’ took place; ‘it was,’ he explained ‘what they might call a faggot party’.|
|Broadway Brevities Aug. 30: If that faggot starts anything with me I’ll lay him out!|
|Sun Also Rises 62: You’re a hell of a good guy, and I’m fonder of you than anybody on earth. I couldn’t tell you that in New York. It’d mean I was a faggot.|
|AS IX:4 288: faggart (or faggot, fagot). A sexual pervert.‘Negro Sl. in Lincoln University’ in|
|(con. 1920s) USA (1966) 950: He wiggled his hips like a woman when he talked. The first thing Margo thought was how on earth she could ever have liked that fagot.Big Money in|
|in Limerick (1953) 67: The late Brigham Young was no neuter— / No faggot, no fairy, no fruiter.|
|Chocolates for Breakfast 15: I probably would still dislike women, and it would be an awful mess to be a faggot.|
|City of Night 192: Esmeralda Drake the third — she was that nelly. Oh, babe, she was such a faggot!|
|Shaft 32: The silly faggot jumped about three inches out of his bright blue raglan sweater.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 20: The kids would called me faggot, sissy, freak, punk.|
|After The Ball 103: In small-town Lewiston, Maine, in 1985, a gay man was set upon in his own home by a rabid gang of youths screaming ‘Faggot! Faggot!’.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘Where’s that little faggot? [...] Tell that little queer fucker I’m gonna kill him’.|
|Indep. Mag. 26 June 27: I saw a graffito which suggested putting all the faggots on an island.|
|Reach 96: You got that, you fucking cocksucking nancy-boy faggot!|
|Generation Kill ep. 1 [TV script] You some kinda goddam hippie faggot?‘Get Some’|
|Intelligent Life Spring 96/1: He [...] would solve the faggot problem by urging gay men not to act like fags.|
|(ref. to 1963) Life 151: In America then, if you had long hair, you were a faggot as well as a freak.|
|me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] She’s so fuckin’ hot, any cunt who’s not a complete faggot would wanna fuck her.|
|Decent Ride 10: No way man, Cheker protests,— I ain’t no goddam faggot.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘You checkin’ out my bulge? [...] You gone faggot on me right now, son?’.|
4. (S. Afr./US) a lesbian.
|Lodge 121: One, a faggot, a chick dressed like a man [HDAS].|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 19 Mar. [Internet] I am heterosexual! [...] Let’s say that I lied and that I told you that I’m a lesbian, a ‘faggot’, a ‘moffie’ [...].|
5. (US) a general term of abuse, irrespective of sex, although implication is of weakness.
|‘Death Row’ in Life (1976) 117: He was the dude who wasn’t afraid to die, / But we all heard that big faggot cry.et al.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 82: You guys are nothing but a bunch of mother-fuckin’ faggots.|
|Tenants (1972) 123: But now I’m gon call you a fartn shiteater faggot whore kike apeshit thievin Jew.|
|Tracks (Aus.) May 3: If you faggots can’t stand sharing breaking sections with the opposite sex, then we suggest you dig the nose of your board in the sand and sit on the tail until your feet touch the ground [Moore 1993].|
|Lucky You 126: A brawny black sergeant stood over him, calling him a faggot, a pussy, a dickless wonder.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 96: You ain’t shit, faggot.|
|(con. 1974) White Teeth 11: ‘You play like a faggot,’ said Samad, laying down the winning queens.|
|Cutty, One Rock (2005) 19: Other popular terms of abuse were ‘faggot’ and ‘douche’.|
6. (US gay, also faggotina) a heterosexual woman who associates with male homosexual men.
|Gay Men (1979) 229: Fag hag (in different regions the term may be fruit fly or faggotina).‘Women Among Men’ in Levine|
7. (US teen/campus) an unattractive young woman.
|Current Sl. IV:2.|
(US black) weak, cowardly, contemptible.
|‘In da Club’ [lyrics] I’m that cat by the bar toasting to the good life / You that faggot ass nigga trying to pull me back right?|
(Aus./US) one who has no feelings of homophobia.
|Daily Illini Online 26 Oct. [Internet] To tolerate a fag is to be a faggot-lover. And to love a fag is to be a fag.|
|National Nancys Ch. i: ‘You tell that pansy-ass faggot-lover that if he gets elected, he’s a dead man!’ snarled one caller. ‘I’ll do that, sir,’ I said wearily. ‘And can I give him your name?’.|
a pimp, a lecher.
|Sl. and Its Analogues II 367/2: Fagoteer (also Faggot-master) subs. (venery) - A whoremaster.|
(US gay) an athletic supporter.
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 15: faggot’s lunch box (n.): Athletic supporter.|