degringolade

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Etymology[edit]

From French dégringolade, from dégringoler (to tumble down), from Middle French desgringueler (comprising des- (from) + gringueler (to tumble)), from Middle Dutch crinkelen (to make curl), crinc or cring (ring, circle) (related to English crinkle and crank).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /deɪˌɡræŋ.ɡoʊˈlɑːd/

Noun[edit]

degringolade (plural degringolades)

  1. A rapid decline or deterioration; a tumble.
    • 1995, Peter Brooks, The melodramatic imagination[1], ISBN 9780300065534, page 73:
      The dégringolade of Kitty Bell is forever linked to the name of Marie Dorval, the actress (and Vigny's mistress) for whom the play was written.