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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any tree or shrub of the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, bearing syconia as its fruit.

    Category: Plants

  2. the turbinate or pear-shaped fruit of such a tree or shrub.

    Category: Plants

  3. a contemptibly trifling amount; the least bit:

    Their help wasn't worth a fig.

  4. a gesture of contempt.

Origin of fig:

1175–1225; ME fige < OF < OPr figa蠐 L fīcus


  1. dress or array:

    to appear at a party in full fig.

  2. condition:

    to feel in fine fig.

Origin of fig:

1685–95; earlier feague to liven, whip up < G fegen to furbish, sweep, clean; akin to fair1


  1. figurative.

  2. figuratively.

  3. figure.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. figure, fig(noun)

    a diagram or picture illustrating textual material

    "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2"

  2. fig, common fig, common fig tree, Ficus carica(noun)

    Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit

  3. Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, FIG, Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, Libyan Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Group(noun)

    a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi

  4. fig(noun)

    fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fig(noun)ɪg

    a dark-skinned fruit with a red center

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fig(noun)

    a small fruit tree (Ficus Carica) with large leaves, known from the remotest antiquity. It was probably native from Syria westward to the Canary Islands

  2. Fig(noun)

    the fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong shape, and of various colors

  3. Fig(noun)

    a small piece of tobacco

  4. Fig(noun)

    the value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used in scorn or contempt

  5. Fig(noun)

    to insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. See Fico

  6. Fig(noun)

    to put into the head of, as something useless o/ contemptible

  7. Fig(noun)

    figure; dress; array


  1. Fig

    Ficus is a genus of about 850 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes and hemiepiphytes in the family Moraceae. Collectively known as fig trees or figs, they are native throughout the tropics with a few species extending into the semi-warm temperate zone. The Common Fig is a temperate species native to southwest Asia and the Mediterranean region, which has been widely cultivated from ancient times for its fruit, also referred to as figs. The fruit of most other species are also edible though they are usually of only local economic importance or eaten as bushfood. However, they are extremely important food resources for wildlife. Figs are also of considerable cultural importance throughout the tropics, both as objects of worship and for their many practical uses.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FIG

    Nothing. Note, "I don't care a fig," etc. =FIG LEAF= A small outer garment, next to nothing, worn by Adam 4000 B.C. and occasionally revived by Bostonian Art Committees.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIG' in Nouns Frequency: #607

Translations for FIG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of soft pear-shaped fruit, often eaten dried.

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