or gee string

[ jee-string ]
/ ˈdʒiˌstrɪŋ /


Definition for gee-string (2 of 2)


or gee-string, gee string

[ jee-string ]
/ ˈdʒiˌstrɪŋ /


a loincloth or breechcloth, usually secured by a cord at the waist.
such a garment made of a narrow strip of decorative fabric and worn by striptease entertainers.

Origin of G-string

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gee-string

  • A gee-string and a cartridge-belt were all the clothes he wore.

    Adventure|Jack London
  • The usual fashion in clothes prevailed; gee-string for the men, and short sarong-like skirt for the women.

  • I saw before me a handsome naked Cocopah Indian, who wore a belt and a gee-string.

    Vanished Arizona|Martha Summerhayes
  • His fathers before him had worn no clothes, and neither did he, not even a gee-string.

    A Son Of The Sun|Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for gee-string



a piece of cloth attached to a narrow waistband covering the pubic area, worn esp by strippers
a strip of cloth attached to the front and back of a waistband and covering the loins
music a string tuned to G, such as the lowest string of a violin
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Word Origin and History for gee-string



1878, geestring, "loincloth worn by American Indian," originally the string that holds it up, etymology unknown. The spelling with G (1882) is perhaps from influence of violin string tuned to a G (in this sense G string is first recorded 1831), the lowest and heaviest of the violin strings. First used of women's attire 1936, with reference to strip-teasers.

I AM the spirit of the silver "G":
I am silvered sadness,
I am moonlit gladness,
I am that fine madness
Of reverence half, and half of ecstasy
[from "Spirit of the 'G' String," Alfred L. Donaldson, in "Songs of My Violin," 1901]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper