Definition of faggot in English:

faggot

noun

  • 1North American informal, offensive A male homosexual.

  • 2

    (US fagot)
    A bundle of sticks bound together as fuel.

    • ‘She threw an extra fagot in the fire and when she examined him, Raine noticed for the first time how young he really was.’
    • ‘Between the Neanderthal's bundle of burning faggots and the blinding blue glare of the modern headlight, man has brightened the darkness in a number of ingenious ways.’
    • ‘When the plotters breached the cellars at Westminster, Fawkes set the explosives under a pile of faggots.’
    • ‘Harder rocks were broken down by ‘fire-setting’, a process in which the rock face was heated by burning faggots against it, and then quenched with water, causing the rock to fracture.’
    • ‘Trade union boss Ernie Bevin lit the faggots to his political funeral pyre in October 1935 at Labour's Brighton conference, in a ferocious speech which had Virginia Woolf in tears.’
    • ‘Are you are aware that faggot means bundle of sticks?’
    bunch, roll, clump, wad, parcel, packet, package, pack, sheaf, bale, bolt, truss, faggot, fascicle
    1. 2.1A bundle of iron rods bound together for reheating, welding, and hammering into bars.
      ‘The faggots of blistered steel are made by binding in a bundle, around a bar of double that length, four pieces of eighteen inches long, which are secured in their positions by a small band of wrought iron, which is subsequently removed.’
      ‘These faggots are placed in the forge hearth until they have attained a strong welding heat.’
  • 3usually faggotsBritish A ball or roll of seasoned chopped liver, baked or fried.

    • ‘It usually disappears - in England, as in France - with the rest of the pluck (heart, liver, lungs) into faggots, sausages and pâtés.’
    • ‘Their innate modesty is expressed in their alternative names - rissoles, patties, faggots - and a complete absence of trend-setting ingredients such as mizuna, enoki, frog's legs and mascarpone.’
    • ‘His faggots were legendary. ‘We opened in 1994; eight months later, we had a Michelin star, one of the fastest ever to be won.’’
    • ‘A year later, steamed faggots arrived, ushering in the golden age of faggots, chips and peas in a tray.’
    • ‘Spare a thought, by the way, for the home cooks of America, making their way through British cookbooks filled with bangers, faggots and bashed neeps.’
    • ‘The move came after complaints were aired about a Somerfield advert which mentioned faggots, a meat dish normally served with peas.’
    • ‘Made from quality pork liver and pork, Mr Brain's faggots are prepared in a delicious West Country sauce and are available in major supermarkets nationwide in packs of two, four and six.’
    • ‘Cornish pasties and Lancashire faggots are among the culinary terms defined between the covers of the top dictionary.’
    • ‘We know people love to see local products, and in Bristol we sell faggots and in Lancashire we sell local cheese.’
    • ‘With the fat left on, it can be used as a filling for andouilles, or it can be scraped to make a convenient flat sheet of casing which can be made into parcels around a faggot or other items.’
  • 4British informal, dated An unpleasant or contemptible woman.

    ‘The word took an approbrious turn sometime in the 16th century, when faggot became an abusive nickname for a woman.’
    ‘A faggot woman was dismissed as one would dismiss a bundle of sticks.’

verbfaggots, faggoting, faggoted; US fagots, fagoting, fagoted

[with object]
  • 1archaic Bind in or make into faggots.

  • 2(in embroidery) join by faggoting.

    • ‘Fascinated by ancient styles of construction, Zhang has made lavish use of symmetrization, bias-cutting, pleating, carving, lace-trimming, embroidering, fagoting, sequinning and beading.’
    • ‘Featherstitch or feather stitch and Cretan stitch or faggoting stitch are embroidery techniques made of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of a central rib.’
    • ‘Open Cretan stitch or faggoting is used in making open decorative seams and to attach insertions.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘bundle of sticks for fuel’): from Old French fagot, from Italian fagotto, based on Greek phakelos ‘bundle’.

Pronunciation

faggot

/ˈfaɡət/