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See also: ganzō


Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Celtic *ganskyos (branch, twig),[1] or directly from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *ḱank- (branch)[2].


  • (standard) IPA(key): /ˈɡanθo̝/


ganzo m (plural ganzos)

  1. (dated) dried or partially burned twig in the past used as a torch.

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  • ganzo” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • ganzo” in Santamarina, Antón (coord.): Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega. <>
  • ganzo” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega. <>
  1. ^ Coromines, Joan; Pascual, José A. (1991–1997). Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico. Madrid: Gredos, s.v. gancho.
  2. ^ Mallory, J. P.; Adams, D. Q. (2006) The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Oxford Linguistics), New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0199296682, page 157



ganzo (feminine singular ganza, masculine plural ganzi, feminine plural ganze)

  1. (archaic) extra-marriage lover
  2. (informal) smart, clever, cool

Usage notes[edit]

The smart sense is similar to figo but with a slightly less sexual sense/component and a component of furbo (cunning, sly). It's a mix of brilliant, [mildly] gorgeous, [very] cool and [sort of] presumptuous.