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The terms faggot and fag are both used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting. However, faggot (but not fag) is sometimes used within the gay community as a positive term of self-reference.

noun Slang.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Offensive. a contemptible or dislikable person.

1920–25, Americanism; by shortening

faggish, adjective
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fag1 (fæɡ)
1.  informal a boring or wearisome task: it's a fag having to walk all that way
2.  (Brit) (esp formerly) a young public school boy who performs menial chores for an older boy or prefect
vb (when tr, often foll by out) , fags, fagging, fagged
3.  informal to become or cause to become exhausted by hard toil or work
4.  (Brit) (usually intr) to do or cause to do menial chores in a public school: Brown fags for Lee
[C18: of obscure origin]

fag2 (fæɡ)
1.  (Brit) a slang word for cigarette
2.  a fag end, as of cloth
[C16 (in the sense: something hanging loose, flap): of obscure origin]

fag3 (fæɡ)
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) short for faggot

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Word Origin & History

"to droop, decline, tire," 1520s, apparently an alteration of flag in its verbal sense of "droop." Trans. sense of "to make (someone or something) fatigued" is first attested 1826. Related: Fagged.

British slang for "cigarette" (originally, especially, the butt of a smoked cigarette), 1888, probably from fag-end "extreme end, loose piece" (1613), from fag "loose piece" (1486), perhaps related to fag (v.).
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