- 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.
Origin of gigolo
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Contemporary Examples of gigolo
He sits on park benches scoping out rich middle-aged women for his gigolo.
The ex-bookmen negotiate a 60-40 split in favor of the gigolo, and a business is born.
Moreau, however, actually pined over a Greek gigolo that was brought along on a trip with her and Richardson.Richard Burton’s Sexy Diaries: 13 Juiciest Bits
October 20, 2012
Historical Examples of gigolo
A gigolo, generally speaking, is a man who lives off women's money.
It was out of this period that there emerged Giddy, the gigolo.
The gigolo's face, as he bowed before her, was impassive, inscrutable.
The gigolo's face, as he took it, was not more inscrutable than Mary's as she watched him take it.
She did not look at the gigolo, but out, across the blue Mediterranean, and beyond it.
- 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
Word Origin and History for gigolo
1922, from French gigolo, formed as a masc. of gigole "tall, thin woman; dancing girl; prostitute," perhaps from verb gigoter "to move the shanks, hop," from gigue "shank," also "fiddle," of Germanic origin. This is perhaps the same word that was borrowed earlier as Middle English giglot (early 14c.) "lewd, wanton girl," which was later applied to males (mid-15c.) with the sense "villainous man." Middle English gigletry meant "lasciviousness, harlotry" (late 14c.).