Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fag n.4

also faggio
[abbr. faggot n.1 but note comments in ety. there]

1. (orig. US) a male homosexual; thus fag-bait, one who is an object of homosexual desire.

[US]Lichtenstein & Werner Medical Rev. of Reviews in Katz Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983) 401: Does the ‘fairy’ or ‘fag’ really exist?
[US]C.W. Willemse Cop Remembers 53: Don’t think for one moment that some of those fags can’t put up a battle.
[US]Kerouac 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.
[US]‘William Lee’ 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.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 24: He was always reading, and was probably a fag – went around with the Village artists.
[UK]M. Terry Old Liberty (1962) 7: This guy was a little faggio.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 48: Next to Franchot were a fag and a Puerto Rican, who obviously thought the fag was a real woman.
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 14: Two fags walked by, heading towards the men’s rooms.
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 17: He wears no underwear under those hip huggers. Bum-boy. Fag-bait.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 12: Some poor small frightened fag / protect him and you’ve got his bum for life.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 34: Louie stared after him, marveling that it must be true, fags could outsuck any broad.
[UK]M. Manning 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.
[US]K. Wells Compression Scars 8: They call Duncan fag-bait and say, ‘Bend over, Joy Boy, I’ll drive’.
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Michael the fag. Did his mother know Michael was queer?
[UK]Intelligent Life Spring 97/2: Right-wing bloggers said he was a ‘shrieking fag’.
[UK]K. Richards Life 134: They don’t realize that [Little] Richard is a screaming fag.
[US]S. King 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.

[US]W.B. Miller ‘Gang Delinquency’ in Short 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’).
[US]H.E. Roberts Third Ear n.p.: fagn. […] 2. a person who is unpopular.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar.
(con. 1980s) [Internet] fag gay, queer. This term for the most part, was not meant to describe homosexuals or homosexuality.
[UK]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.

In derivatives

faggish (adj.)

(US) homosexual in manner.

[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 84: He didn’t come on faggish.
fagola (n.) [-ola sfx; but note feigele n.]

(US) a male homosexual; also attrib.

N. Mailer 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.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 73: stereotype effeminate homosexual [...] feigele (fr Yid = birdie), variant spelling fagola.
[US]P. Hamill Flesh and Blood (1978) 26: They gonna come on strong, the Fagola Army, and try and make you a jailhouse punk.
[US]S. King It (1987) 32: He would probably call Springsteen a wimp or a fagola.

In compounds

fagamuffin (n.) [ragamuffin n.]

(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!
fag-bagging (n.) [bag v. (2b)]

(US) to beat up and rob a homosexual.

[US]J. Sayles 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.
fag-basher (n.) (orig. US gay)

1. an ostensibly heterosexual man who specializes in beating and terrorizing gay men.

[US]T. Harris Silence of the Lambs (1991) 309: He’s a fag-basher. Had a couple of scrapes in Harrisburg.
[UK]M.A. Humphrey My Country, My Right to Serve 32: The man that killed him was probably what we would call a modern-day fag-basher.
W. Banks 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.

[UK]Guardian G2 4 Aug. 17: Maybe she was too gay [...] for unvarnished bigots and fag-bashers.
fag-bashing (n.)

1. the beating up of male homosexuals.

[US]G. Vidal View from a Window 242: In most American states, a criminal, fag-bashing is bound to be popular.
[US]Maledicta IX 145: He may even turn someone out or put the boot in while indulging in a fit of fag-bashing.
[Can]R.D. Hare 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) [Internet] fag bashing Beating up homosexual or gay people for the fun of it.

2. in fig. use, any anti-gay behaviour or speech.

[UK]D. Jarman diary 25 Sept. Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 226: We could expect the Tories to go in for more fag-bashing.

see separate entries.

fag rags (n.)

(US black) smart casual clothing.

[US]T.R. Houser 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.’.
fag show (n.)

(US carnival) a carnival show featuring men in women’s dress.

[US]J.E. Dadswell Hey, Sucker 97: fag show [...] show with men who impersonate women.
fag tag (n.)

(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.

[US]L. Birnbach Official Preppie Hbk 219: Fag tag n. The loop on top of the back pleat on a button-down shirt.
[US]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.
[US]R.G. Fletcher 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) [Internet] fag tag The little loop on the back of your polo shirt.
fag water (n.)

(US) cologne.

[US]Maledicta IX 161: U.S. gays sometimes confuse pissy with prissy (‘that pissy queen in Bloomingdale’s sampling fag water,’ i.e. cologne).

In phrases

play the fag role (v.)

(US prison) pretending sexual interest in another inmate; the aim is to annoy a third party.

[US]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.