Adjective "fig" definition and examples

(Fig may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/fɪɡ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, eaten fresh or dried.
  1. 'So dried figs, cranberries, apricots can all be included.'
  2. 'The wise sage asked the student to pick a fig from a large tree and open it.'
  3. 'Wild figs may be eaten, but they are small and dry.'
  4. 'I have ripe figs once a year and dried figs the other eleven months.'
  5. 'Last year the birds ate all the figs from the tree before I could get to the figs.'
  6. 'Large, very sweet figs are best used fresh.'
  7. 'Reduce the heat and simmer until the figs are soft, about five minutes.'
  8. 'When picking figs, look for fruit that is soft to the touch but not squishy or bruised.'
  9. 'Ripe figs are less attractive to birds because they remain green.'
  10. 'So, who wants to cultivate figs and citrus fruit?'
The deciduous Old World tree or shrub which bears figs.
  1. 'The bee nest was actually in a hollow fig tree, right next to the chain.'
  2. 'A barren fig tree takes up valuable garden space and nutrients that fruitful trees can use.'
  3. '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.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The fig tree has tons of huge green figs and leaves, soon to be ripe enough for me to pick and preserve.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.'
  9. 'I sit between a fig tree, two hazel nut trees and a grape vine.'
  10. '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.'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'Experience subtle changes in vegetation as we descend into the rainforest of bangalow palms, strangler figs and red cedar.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'While it might look impressive in rainforests, the strangler fig is one fig you shouldn't try at home.'

noun

Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession.
  1. 'Togged out full fig - pill-box cap, dress tunic and swagger-stick - he awaited her at the barrack gates in vain.'
  2. 'Beaton turned to Winterhalter for royalty in full fig, to Romney for pretty girls.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'I'm not a great fan of stuffed moose and mediaeval knights in full fig, but Kelvingrove's got the lot.'

verb

Dress up (someone) to look smart.

    More definitions

    1. any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, especially a small tree, F. carica, native to southwestern Asia, bearing a turbinate or pear-shaped fruit that is eaten fresh, preserved, or dried.

    2. the fruit of such a tree or shrub, or of any related species.

    3. any of various plants having a fruit somewhat resembling this.

    4. a contemptibly trifling or worthless amount; the least bit: His help wasn't worth a fig.

    5. a gesture of contempt.|

    More examples(as adjective)

    "harvests can be fig."

    Origin

    (fig)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’.

    Phrase

    not give (or care) a fig