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  1. a type of firework that makes a loud hissing sound.
  2. a whirling toy that makes a whizzing noise.
  3. fishgig.
  4. Australian. a police informer.
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Origin of fizgig

1520–30; earlier fisgig, equivalent to fis (late Middle English fise term of abuse; akin to Old Norse fīsa to break wind; cf. fizzle) + gig (Middle English gigge girl; see giggle)
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Historical Examples

  • Be it you, Mr. Fizgig, son of a peer of the realm; or you, Bill Tidd.

    The History of Samuel Titmarsh

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for fizgig


  1. a frivolous or flirtatious girl
  2. a firework or whirling top that fizzes as it moves
  3. a variant of fishgig
  4. Australian slang a police informer
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  1. (intr) Australian slang to inform on criminals to the police
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Word Origin

C16: probably from obsolete fise a breaking of wind + gig girl
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Word Origin and History for fizgig


"light, frivolous woman," 1520s, first element of uncertain origin, second element is Middle English gig "frivolous person" (see gig (n.1)).

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