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Definition fig

Etymology 1

From Middle English fige, fygge (also fyke, from Old English fīc, see fike), borrowed from Anglo-Norman figue, borrowed from Old French figue, from Old Occitan figa, from Vulgar Latin *fīca (“fig”), from Latin fīcus (“fig tree”), from a pre-Indo European language, perhaps Phoenician ??‎ (pagh, literally “ripe fig”) (compare Biblical Hebrew פַּגָּה‎ (paggâ, “early fallen fig”), Classical Syriac ܦܓܐ‎ (paggāʾ), dialectal Arabic فَجّ‎ (fajj), فِجّ‎ (fijj)). (Another Semitic root (compare Akkadian ? (tīʾu, literally “fig”)) was borrowed into Ancient Greek as σῦκον (sûkon) (Boeotian τῦκον (tûkon)) and Armenian as թուզ (tʿuz); whence English sycophant.) The soap-making sense derives from the resemblance of the granulations in and texture of the soap to those of a fig.

Noun

fig (plural figs)

  1. A fruit-bearing tree or shrub of the genus Ficus that is native mainly to the tropics.
  2. The fruit of the fig tree, pear-shaped and containing many small seeds.
  3. A small piece of tobacco.
  4. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; a whit.
Verb

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (obsolete) To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion.
  2. (obsolete) To put into the head of, as something useless or contemptible.
  3. (soap-making, dated) To develop, or cause (a soap) to develop, white streaks or granulations. [mid-1800s to mid-1900s]

Etymology 2

Variation of fike.

Verb

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (intransitive) To move suddenly or quickly; rove about.

Etymology 3

Noun

fig (plural figs)

  1. Abbreviation of figure. (diagram or illustration)
  2. (colloquial, dated) A person's figure; dress or appearance.
Verb

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (colloquial, dated, transitive) To dress; to get oneself up a certain way.

Etymology 4

See figging.

Verb

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (rare) To insert a ginger root into the anus, vagina or urethra of: to perform figging upon.

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