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gigolo

[ jig-uh-loh, zhig- ]
/ ˈdʒɪg əˌloʊ, ˈʒɪg- /
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Definition of gigolo

noun, plural gig·o·los.
a man living off the earnings or gifts of a woman, especially a younger man supported by an older woman in return for his sexual attentions and companionship.
a male professional dancing partner or escort.
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Origin of gigolo

1920–25; <French, masculine derivative of gigolette woman of the streets or public dance halls, probably ultimately derivative of Middle French giguer to frolic (see jig2); cf. giglet, Middle English gig(e)lot, which may have influenced gigolette

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British Dictionary definitions for gigolo

gigolo
/ (ˈʒɪɡəˌləʊ) /

noun plural -los
a man who is kept by a woman, esp an older woman
a man who is paid to dance with or escort women

Word Origin for gigolo

C20: from French, back formation from gigolette girl for hire as a dancing partner, prostitute, from giguer to dance, from gigue a fiddle; compare gigot, gigue, jig
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