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[goh-goh] /ˈgoʊˌgoʊ/
adjective, Informal.
full of energy, vitality, or daring:
the go-go generation.
stylish, modern, or up-to-date:
the go-go social set.
of or relating to the music and dancing performed at discotheques or nightclubs.
performing at a discotheque or nightclub.
seeking large earnings quickly by trading aggressively and often speculatively in stocks:
a go-go mutual fund.
marked by swift price upswings due to excessive speculation:
a go-go stock.
being a time of great prosperity, economic growth, and optimism:
the go-go years of the 1920s.
Origin of go-go
1960-65; reduplication of go1, influenced in some senses by à gogo

à gogo

or à Gogo, à go-go

[uh goh-goh] /ə ˈgoʊˌgoʊ/
as much as you like; to your heart's content; galore:
food and drink à gogo.
with go-go music and dancing or a go-go atmosphere (used especially in the names of cabarets, discotheques, and the like):
They danced all night at the Mistral à gogo.
1960-65; < French, Middle French; gogo perhaps by reduplication and alteration of gogue witticism, jest (French goguette), expressive word of obscure origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for go-go


adjective (informal, mainly US & Canadian)
of or relating to discos or the lively music and dancing performed in them
dynamic or forceful
Word Origin
C20: altered from French à-gogo aplenty, ad lib: sense influenced by English verb go

à gogo

/ə ˈɡəʊˌɡəʊ/
adjective, adverb
(informal) as much as one likes; galore: wine à gogo
Word Origin
C20: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for go-go

1964, "fashionable," from slang the go "the rage" (1962); see go. First appearance of go-go dancer is from 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for go-go



  1. Having to do with discotheques, their music, style of dancing, etc (1960s+)
  2. Stylish; modish; trendy: She may be getting on in years, but she certainly is a go-go dresser
  3. Showing vitality and drive, esp in business and commerce; urgent and energetic: Religion is a really go-go growth industry these days/ Japan's go-go entrepreneurs can turn their operations into the new Goliaths


  1. A bar or club with go-go girls: It surely won't keep minors out of go-gos (mid-1980s+)
  2. The penis: Mrs Bobbitt cut off her husband's go-go (1990s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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