[ fiz-gig ]
/ ˈfɪzˌgɪg /
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a type of firework that makes a loud hissing sound.
a whirling toy that makes a whizzing noise.
Australian. a police informer.
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Origin of fizgig
First recorded in1520–30; of obscure origin; earlier fisgig, perhaps equivalent to fis (late Middle English fise term of abuse; akin to Old Norse fīsa “to break wind,” which well fits the sound made by the firework) + gig “a flighty, giddy girl; a top (i.e., the toy); odd-looking character, a fool; a joke, merriment”; see origin at fizzle,gig3
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Example sentences from the Web for fizgig
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
/ (ˈfɪzˌɡɪɡ) /
a frivolous or flirtatious girl
a firework or whirling top that fizzes as it moves
a variant of fishgig
Australian slang a police informer
(intr) Australian slang to inform on criminals to the police
Word Origin for fizgig
C16: probably from obsolete fise a breaking of wind + gig girl
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