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.

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

    • ‘The tender bark of a bare-root fig tree is susceptible to sunscald.’
    • ‘The fig tree has tons of huge green figs and leaves, soon to be ripe enough for me to pick and preserve.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.’
    • ‘I sit between a fig tree, two hazel nut trees and a grape vine.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I planted a fig a month ago in full sun, I mixed the soil with a recommended planting soil and root stimulator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tree, an Australian wild fig, had a circumference of more than five metres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bee nest was actually in a hollow fig tree, right next to the chain.’
    • ‘Most fruit and berry plants can be planted now, but wait until mid-March, when the soil is warmer, to plant citrus and figs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then the sage asked his student the question, ‘How is that a huge fig tree could have grown from nothing?’’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of other plants of the genus "Ficus", or in names of nonrelated plants that bear a fruit similar to a fig.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Experience subtle changes in vegetation as we descend into the rainforest of bangalow palms, strangler figs and red cedar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While it might look impressive in rainforests, the strangler fig is one fig you shouldn't try at home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

fig

/fiɡ/

Main definitions of fig in English

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noun

in phrase full fig
informal
  • Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession.

    ‘a soldier walking up the street in full fig’
    • ‘They were in full fig, long gowns, tiaras, dinner jackets and all.’
    • ‘He met the eye of one of the policemen who were marching, in full fig, beside the judges.’
    • ‘I'm not a great fan of stuffed moose and mediaeval knights in full fig, but Kelvingrove's got the lot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Togged out full fig - pill-box cap, dress tunic and swagger-stick - he awaited her at the barrack gates in vain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beaton turned to Winterhalter for royalty in full fig, to Romney for pretty girls.’

verb

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

    ‘he was figged out in the latest modes’

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

/fiɡ/