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gigolo

[jig-uh-loh, zhig-]
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noun, plural gig·o·los.
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Related Words for gigolo

Casanova, seducer, Lothario, lover, inamorato, lady-killer

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Historical Examples of gigolo

  • A gigolo, generally speaking, is a man who lives off women's money.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • It was out of this period that there emerged Giddy, the gigolo.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • The gigolo's face, as he bowed before her, was impassive, inscrutable.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • The gigolo's face, as he took it, was not more inscrutable than Mary's as she watched him take it.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • She did not look at the gigolo, but out, across the blue Mediterranean, and beyond it.

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    Edna Ferber


British Dictionary definitions for gigolo

gigolo

noun plural -los
  1. a man who is kept by a woman, esp an older woman
  2. a man who is paid to dance with or escort women
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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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Word Origin and History for gigolo

n.

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.).

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