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[tog] /tɒg/
a coat.
Usually, togs. clothes.
verb (used with object), togged, togging.
to dress (often followed by out or up).
Origin of tog
1775-85; apparently short for earlier cant togeman(s), togman cloak, coat, equivalent to toge (late Middle English < Latin toga toga) + -man(s) obsolete cant suffix < ? Unabridged
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  • They'd have to be to tog out like that every day in the week.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • But tog, which was the one with the black eye, was not to be justified.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • We went to a football meeting,” explained Tom, as he shed his ordinary raiment and proceeded to “tog up.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • They came leaping, with tog in the lead––and they came silently.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • Lets get a lot of Freshmen, tog up in masks, or with pillow cases over our heads, and leave the warning at his door.

  • “Na, she wadna set the tog at a man, Hahmeesh,” said Andrew with a sly grin.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
  • But that night Jim Grimm lost another dog; and in the morning tog had again disappeared into the wilderness.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • Say, did you fellows stop to tog up before you came to the fire?

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • Thereafter, tog entered Ghost Tickle by daylight, and with his teeth made good his right to come and go at will.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • It is great fun for children to "tog up" and to "show off" in their play.

    How to Teach Religion George Herbert Betts
British Dictionary definitions for tog


verb togs, togging, togged
often foll by up or out. to dress oneself, esp in smart clothes
See togs
Word Origin
C18: probably short for obsolete cant togemans coat, from Latin togatoga + -mans, of uncertain origin


  1. a unit of thermal resistance used to measure the power of insulation of a fabric, garment, quilt, etc. The tog-value of an article is equal to ten times the temperature difference between its two faces, in degrees Celsius, when the flow of heat across it is equal to one watt per m²
  2. (as modifier): tog-rating
Word Origin
C20: arbitrary coinage from tog1 (noun)
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Word Origin and History for tog

1708, "any outer garment," shortened from togman "cloak, loose coat" (1560s), thieves' cant word, formed from French togue "cloak," from Latin toga (see toga). Middle English toge "toga" (14c.) was also a cant word for "coat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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