1. (orig. US) a male homosexual; thus fag-bait, one who is an object of homosexual desire.
|Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983) 401: Does the ‘fairy’ or ‘fag’ really exist?Medical Rev. of Reviews in|
|Cop Remembers 53: Don’t think for one moment that some of those fags can’t put up a battle.|
|letter 13 Sept. in Charters I (1995) 127: One night I pulled it [i.e. a gun] out on a fag and told him I was ‘Nanny-Beater Kelly’ from Chicago.|
|Junkie (1966) 60: What a crew! Mooches, fags, fourflushers, stool pigeons, bums – unwilling to work, unable to steal, always short of money, always whining for credit.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 24: He was always reading, and was probably a fag – went around with the Village artists.|
|Old Liberty (1962) 7: This guy was a little faggio.|
|Howard Street 48: Next to Franchot were a fag and a Puerto Rican, who obviously thought the fag was a real woman.|
|Shaft 14: Two fags walked by, heading towards the men’s rooms.|
|Hot to Trot 17: He wears no underwear under those hip huggers. Bum-boy. Fag-bait.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 12: Some poor small frightened fag / protect him and you’ve got his bum for life.|
|Homeboy 34: Louie stared after him, marveling that it must be true, fags could outsuck any broad.|
|Get Your Cock Out 33: Sat in a darkened alcove with his court of mincing fags, chicken hawks and their little chicks all buggering and fellating away.|
|Compression Scars 8: They call Duncan fag-bait and say, ‘Bend over, Joy Boy, I’ll drive’.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Michael the fag. Did his mother know Michael was queer?|
|Intelligent Life Spring 97/2: Right-wing bloggers said he was a ‘shrieking fag’.|
|Life 134: They don’t realize that [Little] Richard is a screaming fag.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 110: Tell anyone I’m a fag and I’ll fucking kill you.|
2. (US campus/teen) an offensive or unpopular person.
|Gang Delinquency and Delinquent Subcultures (1968) 141: The use of the local term for ‘homosexual’ as a generalized pejorative epithet (e.g., higher class individuals or upwardly mobile peers are frequently characterized as ‘fags’ or ‘queers’).‘Gang Delinquency’ in Short|
|Third Ear n.p.: fagn. […] 2. a person who is unpopular.|
|Campus Sl. Mar.|
|(con. 1980s) i80s.com [Internet] fag gay, queer. This term for the most part, was not meant to describe homosexuals or homosexuality.|
|Guardian 29 July 32/2: It is a mistake to to class words such as ‘bender,’ ‘fag,’ ‘poofter’and ‘shirtlifter’ as euphemisms. In the 1950s and 60s they were usually vicious terms of abuse.|
(US) homosexual in manner.
|Junkie (1966) 84: He didn’t come on faggish.|
(US gay) gay slang.
(US) a male homosexual; also attrib.
|letter 27 Aug. in Selected Letters (2014) 174: The word faggola [...] is a very [common] word in American slang. It comes from fag which is an ugly word for homosexual [...] a very crude and yet fancy diminutive for fag.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 73: stereotype effeminate homosexual [...] feigele (fr Yid = birdie), variant spelling fagola.|
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 26: They gonna come on strong, the Fagola Army, and try and make you a jailhouse punk.|
|It (1987) 32: He would probably call Springsteen a wimp or a fagola.|
(US/UK black) a black homosexual person, usu. male.
|Urban Dict. [Internet] Fagamuffin “Fag-a-muff-in” An insult used people of great disrespect. You are a bloody Faggamuffin!|
(US) to beat up and rob a homosexual.
|Union Dues (1978) 290: You’re big and bad enough you can play them along and get them alone and pow! There’s a couple of dudes around making a living from fag-bagging.|
1. an ostensibly heterosexual man who specializes in beating and terrorizing gay men.
|Silence of the Lambs (1991) 309: He’s a fag-basher. Had a couple of scrapes in Harrisburg.|
|My Country, My Right to Serve 32: The man that killed him was probably what we would call a modern-day fag-basher.|
|waxbanks.typepad.com 18 Apr. [blog] One of the accused is a convicted fag-basher.|
|Twitter 7 Aug. [Internet] If the state can't protect gay inmates against f*g bashers then don't incarcerate them.|
2. any anti-gay spokesperson.
|Guardian G2 4 Aug. 17: Maybe she was too gay [...] for unvarnished bigots and fag-bashers.|
1. the beating up of male homosexuals.
|View from a Window 242: In most American states, a criminal, fag-bashing is bound to be popular.|
|Maledicta IX 145: He may even turn someone out or put the boot in while indulging in a fit of fag-bashing.|
|Without Conscience 39: Oh, yeah, I’ve been fag-bashing since I was fourteen—but I don’t do anything bad, like beating women or children.|
|(con. 1980s) i80s.com [Internet] fag bashing Beating up homosexual or gay people for the fun of it.|
2. in fig. use, any anti-gay behaviour or speech.
|Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 226: We could expect the Tories to go in for more fag-bashing.diary 25 Sept.|
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(gay) cheap pornography aimed at the male homosexual readership.
|Maledicta III:2 244: Marcel Proust’s classic if closet [...] fag hot (homosexual novel).|
(US black) smart casual clothing.
|Central Sl. 22: fag rags An expression used by a thug to distinguish his casual dress up clothes from his gang banger or hoodlum type dress. ‘Ain’t bangin’, got these fag rags on tonight.’.|
(US carnival) a carnival show featuring men in women’s dress.
|Hey, Sucker 97: fag show [...] show with men who impersonate women.|
(US) a heterosexual male who enjoys the company of homosexual men.
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] fag stag (noun) heterosexual male who enjoys the company of homosexual males.|
(US campus) the small loop (ostensibly for hanging the shirt when no hanger is available) on the upper back of many shirts; such a loop, supposedly, can be used to hold a victim ready for buggery.
|Official Preppie Hbk 219: Fag tag n. The loop on top of the back pleat on a button-down shirt.|
|Z-Link 30 Oct.–1 Nov. [Internet] Elsie’s Lunch [...] Private club, but they won’t check if your fag tag’s in the right place. Major St. Grotlesex crowd here – you won’t have to worry that he’s N.O.C.D.|
|Calif. Purples 34: But the fashion highlight was a blue/green Madras three button pullover shirt from Varsity Imports over on Westwood Boulevard – the kind with the ‘fag-tag’.|
|(con. 1980s) i80s.com [Internet] fag tag The little loop on the back of your polo shirt.|
|Maledicta IX 161: U.S. gays sometimes confuse pissy with prissy (‘that pissy queen in Bloomingdale’s sampling fag water,’ i.e. cologne).|
(US prison) pretending sexual interest in another inmate; the aim is to annoy a third party.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Fag Role: Acting as if one was sexually interested in another inmate, as in ‘playing the fag role.’ This is usually done in order to tease or provoke a peer.|