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

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

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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