gigolo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in English in 1922.[1] From French gigolo (young lover kept by an older woman), first attested in that sense in 1904 (attested since 1850 in the sense “Amant de cœur, compagnon d'une gigolette", and since 1894 in the sense “elegant young man whose means of livelihood are dubious”),[2][3] a back-formation from gigolette (promiscuous dancing girl, girl available for hire as a dancing partner),[4] attested since 1850, from giguer (to dance), from gigue (fiddle; type of dance; jig). More at jig.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gigolo (plural gigolos)

  1. A man who has a sexual relationship with a woman from whom he receives payment.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prostitute
  2. A hired escort or dancing partner for a woman.
    • 1929, Irving Caesar (lyrics), Leonello Casucci (music), “Just a Gigolo”:
      I'm just a gigolo / And everywhere I go / People know the part I'm playin' / Paid for every dance / Sellin' each romance / Ooh, what they're sayin'

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 gigolo”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ gigolo”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  3. ^ Dictionnaire étymologique et historique du français (Larousse Références, →ISBN, page 339.
  4. 4.0 4.1 gigolo”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  5. ^ Macmillan American English Dictionary, online
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, online
  7. ^ Collins American English Dictionary, online
  8. ^ Macmillan British English Dictionary, online
  9. ^ Harrap's Shorter Dictionary, 8th Edition, page 389

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡiɡolo/, [ˈɡiɡo̞lo̞]
  • Rhymes: -iɡolo
  • Syllabification: gi‧go‧lo

Noun[edit]

gigolo

  1. gigolo

Declension[edit]

Inflection of gigolo (Kotus type 2/palvelu, no gradation)
nominative gigolo gigolot
genitive gigolon gigolojen
gigoloiden
gigoloitten
partitive gigoloa gigoloja
gigoloita
illative gigoloon gigoloihin
singular plural
nominative gigolo gigolot
accusative nom. gigolo gigolot
gen. gigolon
genitive gigolon gigolojen
gigoloiden
gigoloitten
partitive gigoloa gigoloja
gigoloita
inessive gigolossa gigoloissa
elative gigolosta gigoloista
illative gigoloon gigoloihin
adessive gigololla gigoloilla
ablative gigololta gigoloilta
allative gigololle gigoloille
essive gigolona gigoloina
translative gigoloksi gigoloiksi
instructive gigoloin
abessive gigolotta gigoloitta
comitative gigoloineen
Possessive forms of gigolo (type palvelu)
possessor singular plural
1st person gigoloni gigolomme
2nd person gigolosi gigolonne
3rd person gigolonsa

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gigolette +‎ -lo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gigolo m (plural gigolos)

  1. (informal, derogatory) gigolo

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French gigolo

Noun[edit]

gigolo m (uncountable)

  1. gigolo

Declension[edit]