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From the word gahouler (or cahouler).


gaoulé m

  1. (slang) whispering.
  2. (slang, Creole) Mischievous public behavior, or "dirty dancing" (i.e., sensual, licentious dancing).

Usage notes[edit]

The term came to be used as the name of a slave revolt on the island of Martinique in 1717 due to a remark, in an official report of that uprising, that a slave was alleged to have observed in amazement that "White people are just as good at 'gaoulé' as blacks are!".