Main definitions of fig in English

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noun

  • 1A soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, eaten fresh or dried.

    • ‘Ripe figs are less attractive to birds because they remain green.’
    • ‘The wise sage asked the student to pick a fig from a large tree and open it.’
    • ‘So dried figs, cranberries, apricots can all be included.’
    • ‘Large, very sweet figs are best used fresh.’
    • ‘Set a dried fig to one side and spoon some orange sauce around the dish.’
    • ‘Wild figs may be eaten, but they are small and dry.’
    • ‘When picking figs, look for fruit that is soft to the touch but not squishy or bruised.’
    • ‘The bread gets crispy in the oven, and the ingredient combo is simple and beautiful: sweet figs, soft mozzarella, fragrant basil and tasty pesto.’
    • ‘Reduce the heat and simmer until the figs are soft, about five minutes.’
    • ‘A neighbor had given her fresh figs from her tree.’
    • ‘"You mean you're too nervous to eat, " he replied, happily eating both figs himself.’
    • ‘This is also good served with fresh figs instead of melon.’
    • ‘Place four pieces of roasted figs on the bottom of each tart shell.’
    • ‘So, who wants to cultivate figs and citrus fruit?’
    • ‘On the other hand, fresh figs are abundant only in the summer and fall.’
    • ‘I have ripe figs once a year and dried figs the other eleven months.’
    • ‘Last year the birds ate all the figs from the tree before I could get to the figs.’
    • ‘Where available raccoons may also eat peaches, plums, figs, citrus fruits, watermelons, beech nuts, and walnuts.’
    • ‘Pour enough custard over the roasted figs to fill the tart shells halfway.’
    • ‘Dried figs were a main article of the diet of ordinary people in classical Greece and Rome.’
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  • 2The deciduous Old World tree or shrub which bears figs.

    • ‘‘You may wait there,’ said the guard, pointing to a bench beneath a tall fig tree, before hurrying through a stone archway into another yard beyond.’
    • ‘The tree, an Australian wild fig, had a circumference of more than five metres.’
    • ‘When I planted a fig a month ago in full sun, I mixed the soil with a recommended planting soil and root stimulator.’
    • ‘The fig tree has tons of huge green figs and leaves, soon to be ripe enough for me to pick and preserve.’
    • ‘Then the sage asked his student the question, ‘How is that a huge fig tree could have grown from nothing?’’
    • ‘A squirrel (completely normal-sized) made his way over from the fig tree, to the other big shade tree, just a few feet in front of me.’
    • ‘The bee nest was actually in a hollow fig tree, right next to the chain.’
    • ‘But still, the day before his death, resting under a fig tree, his soul filled with joy at the glorious landscape, he worked on his final work which unfortunately, was left unfinished.’
    • ‘Beyond the Club House another illuminated walkway leads to the Tree House, a raised seating area built around a stout fig tree, which almost demands hours of leisurely lounging.’
    • ‘Sometimes you might encounter a fox, and I lost a whole morning's work watching a mother bird feeding her baby birds the figs from my fig tree.’
    • ‘Most fruit and berry plants can be planted now, but wait until mid-March, when the soil is warmer, to plant citrus and figs.’
    • ‘Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.’
    • ‘The reader may, however, object that the fig tree is a useful and fruit-bearing tree.’
    • ‘A barren fig tree takes up valuable garden space and nutrients that fruitful trees can use.’
    • ‘I sit between a fig tree, two hazel nut trees and a grape vine.’
    • ‘A ‘poet's corner’ is overshadowed by a large fig tree and features a brick floor and seating area while the rose section has clear views to the valley below.’
    • ‘A fig tree stands in one corner, a few giant candles decorate the room, and a trophy collection from years of fitness competitions commands one wall.’
    • ‘The famous Treetops hotel started life in a humble way in 1932, when its first visitors gingerly climbed the wild fig tree supporting the two-room tree house.’
    • ‘The combined feelings of exile and age were converted into peaceful images of how the fig tree has a fruitful old age ‘greater than any leafy youth, carrying its load of hope’ and displays its ancient sweetness.’
    • ‘The tender bark of a bare-root fig tree is susceptible to sunscald.’
    1. 2.1Used in names of other plants of the genus Ficus, e.g. strangling fig, weeping fig.
      • ‘Its dramatic Skywalk reaches above the canopy of palms, strangler figs and thick woody vines to command a breathtaking 40-mile view to the ocean.’
      • ‘You can also let a creeping fig or other dense vine cover a block wall between you and your neighbors, or add planting sconces to walls and gates.’
      • ‘Slightly smaller, but no less vigorous is Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig which is often used as a bonsai because it responds so well to pruning.’
      • ‘Soft scale is mainly a problem on indoor plants, especially citrus plants and weeping fig, and is also a problem on bay trees and many other plants.’
      • ‘Experience subtle changes in vegetation as we descend into the rainforest of bangalow palms, strangler figs and red cedar.’
      • ‘A good example is the Bourbong Street weeping figs, originally planted in the centre of the street in 1888, with additional plantings in the 1920s.’
      • ‘While it might look impressive in rainforests, the strangler fig is one fig you shouldn't try at home.’
      • ‘I was also interested in the way hotels employ people on the condition that they remain invisible, no more likely to engage in dialogue with a paying guest than a weeping fig plant.’
      • ‘Barbados was discovered by the Portuguese in 1627 and named ‘Los Barbados’ or the bearded place, a name derived from a species of tree common to the island, the bearded fig tree.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French figue, from Provençal fig(u)a, based on Latin ficus.

Pronunciation:

fig

/fɪɡ/

Main definitions of fig in English

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fig2

noun

informal
  • Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession.

    ‘a soldier walking up the street in full fig’
    • ‘He met the eye of one of the policemen who were marching, in full fig, beside the judges.’
    • ‘British magazines aren't carrying the M7 ad in its complete form so you will have to buy a French magazine if you want to see Samuel de Cubber, the model who donated his organ, in full fig.’
    • ‘Beaton turned to Winterhalter for royalty in full fig, to Romney for pretty girls.’
    • ‘Admittedly, there's a minefield of kitsch to cross before you can be certain of conjuring up absolutely no visual resemblance to Widow Twankee, Liberace or Lesley Joseph in full fig - but the time has come to quell those fears.’
    • ‘I'm not a great fan of stuffed moose and mediaeval knights in full fig, but Kelvingrove's got the lot.’
    • ‘Togged out full fig - pill-box cap, dress tunic and swagger-stick - he awaited her at the barrack gates in vain.’
    • ‘They were in full fig, long gowns, tiaras, dinner jackets and all.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal, Archaic
  • Dress up (someone) to look smart.

    ‘he was figged out as fine as fivepence, with white trousers and rings and chains’

Origin

Late 17th century (as a verb): variant of obsolete feague ‘liven up’ (earlier ‘whip’); perhaps related to German fegen sweep, thrash; compare with fake. An early sense of the verb was ‘fill the head with nonsense’; later (early 19th century) ‘cause (a horse) to be lively and carry its tail well (by applying ginger to its anus)’; hence ‘smarten up’.

Pronunciation:

fig

/fɪɡ/