faggot | fagot, n.
a. With special reference to the practice of burning heretics alive, esp. in phrase fire and faggot; †to fry a faggot , to be burnt alive; also, to bear a faggot , to carry a faggot , as those did who renounced heresy. Hence fig. the punishment itself.
a. A bundle or bunch in general, e.g. of rushes, herbs, etc.
b. fig. A ‘bundle’, collection (of things not forming any genuine unity).
a. A term of abuse or contempt applied to a woman (orig. dial.) Also in extended uses.
†7. A person temporarily hired to supply a deficiency at the muster, or on the roll of a company or regiment; a dummy. Obs.
8. = faggot-vote n.
9. In various occasional uses: (see quots.).
faggot-brief n. a dummy brief (cf. 7).
faggot-drain n. a drain made by placing faggots at the bottom of a trench and then covering them with earth.
faggot-iron n. iron, in the form of bars or masses, made from welding together a faggot or pile of iron bars.
† faggot-spray n. Obs. the refuse twigs, etc., left in making faggots.
faggot-stitch n. needlework in which two pieces of material are joined together by stitching resembling the faggoting of drawn-thread work; so .
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