go-go

[goh-goh]
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adjective Informal.
  1. full of energy, vitality, or daring: the go-go generation.
  2. stylish, modern, or up-to-date: the go-go social set.
  3. of or relating to the music and dancing performed at discotheques or nightclubs.
  4. performing at a discotheque or nightclub.
  5. seeking large earnings quickly by trading aggressively and often speculatively in stocks: a go-go mutual fund.
  6. marked by swift price upswings due to excessive speculation: a go-go stock.
  7. being a time of great prosperity, economic growth, and optimism: the go-go years of the 1920s.

Origin of go-go

1960–65; reduplication of go1, influenced in some senses by à gogo

à gogo

or à Go·go, à go-go

[uh goh-goh]
adverb
  1. as much as you like; to your heart's content; galore: food and drink à gogo.
  2. with go-go music and dancing or a go-go atmosphere (used especially in the names of cabarets, discotheques, and the like): They danced all night at the Mistral à gogo.

Origin of à gogo

1960–65; < French, Middle French; gogo perhaps by reduplication and alteration of gogue witticism, jest (French goguette), expressive word of obscure origin
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  • Go-Go, the wild boy, the snake-eatin' Igorotte from the Philippines!

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    Dane Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for go-go

go-go

adjective informal, mainly US and Canadian
  1. of or relating to discos or the lively music and dancing performed in them
  2. dynamic or forceful

Word Origin for go-go

C20: altered from French à-gogo aplenty, ad lib: sense influenced by English verb go

à gogo

adjective, adverb
  1. informal as much as one likes; galorewine à gogo

Word Origin for à gogo

C20: from French
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Word Origin and History for go-go
adj.

1964, "fashionable," from slang the go "the rage" (1962); see go. First appearance of go-go dancer is from 1965.

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