fizgig

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From unknown + Middle English gig ‎(frivolous woman).

Noun[edit]

fizgig ‎(plural fizgigs)

  1. (archaic) A flirtatious, coquettish girl. [From 1520s.]

Etymology 2[edit]

fizz +‎ gig. See gig ‎(a whirling thing).

Noun[edit]

fizgig ‎(plural fizgigs)

  1. (archaic) A small squib-like firework that explodes with a fizzing or hissing noise.
    • 1864 (published posthumously), Frank Fowler, Last Gleanings, page 44,
      Very different were our fizgigs at Brambles′. Neither powder nor pepper (you know) was adulterated in those days, and if you made a fizgig, why it blossomed and starred like a golden thistle, flashed into a myriad sparklets like a tiny fountain for Queen Mab and her troupe to dance around.
    • 2008, Salvatore Scibona, The End, page 35,
      Half a dozen boys in linen blazers, their hair in uniform flattops, were shooting off fizgigs in his alley and paid him no mind as he pretended to use his key to unlock the alley-oop door.

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

fizgig ‎(plural fizgigs)

  1. Alternative spelling of fishgig

Etymology 4[edit]

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Noun[edit]

fizgig ‎(plural fizgigs)

  1. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A police informer.
    • 1922, Australian Parliament, Parliamentary Debates, Volume 101, page 3262,
      In order to make the clause perfect the Minister might add—
      All “spotters,” spies, fizgigs, and informers will be properly rewarded, [] and guaranteed against publicity.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, page 191,
      Fizgigs?” Wood asks.
      “Pimps. A fizgig is an agent provocateur – he gets you to do something you shouldn′t do and that will hang you in court. A pimp gets you to do something innocuous that will still hang you. []