gigolo

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 [ˈdʒɪgələʊ]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gig•o•lo /ˈdʒɪgəˌloʊ, ˈʒɪg-/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -los. 
  1. a man, esp. a younger man supported by a usually older woman in return for his sexual attention and companionship.
  2. a male professional dancing partner or escort.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gig•o•lo  (jigə lō′, zhig-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -los. 
  1. a man living off the earnings or gifts of a woman, esp. a younger man supported by an older woman in return for his sexual attentions and companionship.
  2. a male professional dancing partner or escort.
  • French, masculine derivative of gigolette woman of the streets or public dance halls, probably ultimately derivative of Middle French giguer to frolic (see jig2); compare giglet, Middle English gig(e)lot, which may have influenced gigolette
  • 1920–25


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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
Etymology: 20th Century: 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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