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From the Star Trek franchise, in which the Borg are a cyborg race intent on converting all other life into their own kind; apparently a clipping of cyborg, from cybernetic + organism.



Borg (countable and uncountable, plural Borgs)

  1. (slang) One who proselytises or assimilates.
    • 2005[1]:
      Go for the fun of it (yes, I am one of the Borgs) and don't let equipment bother you. Just remember this even when the Borgs assimilate you.


Borg (third-person singular simple present Borgs, present participle Borging, simple past and past participle Borged)

  1. (slang) To assimilate rivals, via corporate acquisition or religious proselytisation.
    • 2003, “Microsoft trying to borg google.”, in New York Times[2]:
    • 2004, alt.religion.asatru, Usenet[3]:
      The Christians could afford to spend generations converting northern Europe and that's exactly what they did. We have that example from history. We know there are other faiths out there that want to wipe us out, and there are other faiths out there that want to Borg us. The fact that some are still here after decades means we aren't giving in this time, and you're one of the ones here over a decade."
    • 2004[4]:
      They are trying to turn you into them. They are trying to borg us.
  2. (slang) To turn into a cyborg, to implant machinery into people with the intent of controlling or assimilating them.
    • 2000, Charles Hayward, FREQ[5]:
      We already do it and they tell us they're going to Borg us with fucking stuff into our brains and we won't have to talk to each other.
    • 2001, Rick C. Hodgin, GeekNews[6]
      Intel wants to Borg us!

Usage notes[edit]

  • Use of other than the infinitive is rare. Lowercase spelling also occurs, less commonly.



Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle High German barc, from Old High German barug. The contemporary vocalism is based on borch, which may be an old variant with zero-grade (compare Old English borg). Cognate with Dutch barg, English barrow.


  • IPA(key): /bɔʁk/, [bɔʁk], [bɔɐ̯k]


Borg m (genitive Borgs or Borges, plural Börge)

  1. barrow (castrated boar)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Borg is a technical term used chiefly by those in contact with commercial farming. Its intelligibility among the general public is limited.