gigmanity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gigman +‎ -ity, coined by Thomas Carlyle, derived from a definition once given in a court of justice by a witness who, having described a person as respectable, was asked by the judge in the case what he meant by the word, and replied, "One that keeps a gig."

Noun[edit]

gigmanity (uncountable)

  1. concern about, and pride in, one's respectability; a sense of decorum