A male homosexual. Like dyke, the term was originally an epithet, but has been adopted by many gay men. In the early years of the Gay Liberation movement, some activists suggested it's derivative was from fagot, kindling used during the Inquisition when heretics, homosexuals and others, were burned at the stake. Others look to fag, the younger boys in British boy' schools used to do menial tasks for the upperclassmen. (RS) Also used as a put-down for a gay male. "Hey, you fag!" "He's such a faggot."
a bundle of sticks. [ etymology: Historically, gay men were gathered, tied together and used for "kindling" when burning someone at the stake who was worthy of a "real" execution (like a witch or a heretic). Within the community, some have grasped the term "fag" from its painful past and use it as a pride word.