gigolo

gigolo

[jig-uh-loh, zhig-]
noun, plural gigolos.
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.

Origin:
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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gigolo (ˈʒɪɡəˌləʊ)
 
n , pl -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
 
[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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gigolo
1922, from Fr. 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 Gmc. origin. This is perhaps the same word that was borrowed earlier as M.E. giglot (mid-14c.) "lewd, wanton girl,"
which was later applied to males (1520s) with the sense "villainous man." M.E. gigletry meant "lasciviousness" (late 14c.).
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