From Middle English segge, from Old English secg (“man, warrior, hero"), from Proto-Germanic *sagjaz (“follower, retainer, warrior"), from Proto-Indo-European *sekÊ·- (“to follow, accompany"). Cognate with Norwegian segg, Icelandic seggur (“bully").
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Probably from the root of Latin secare (“to cut").
- (US prison slang, uncountable) Segregation
Short for segregation.