The term " drag" is used for any clothing carrying symbolic significance but usually referring to the clothing associated with one gender role when worn by a person of another gender. The origins of the word are debated, but "drag" has appeared in print as early as 1870.[1] One suggested etymological root is 19th-century theatre slang, from the sensation of long skirts trailing on the floor.[2]

"Drag queen" appeared in print at least as early as 1941.[1] In the vernacular, the word as a noun is typically precedented by a verb: "do". A folk etymology whose acronym basis reveals the late-20th-century bias would make "drag" an abbreviation of "dressed as girl" in description of male transvestism. The opposite, "drab" for "dressed as boy," is unrecorded. Drag may be practiced by people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

related termsEdit


the opposite of drag. It means being dressed as the gender you were assigned at birth


Dagi(dressed as gender identity). Coined by Miiohau's character Brenda Pope.  

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary 2012 (Online version of 1989 2nd. Edition) Accessed 11 April
  2. [1] Online Etymology Dictionary: Drag

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