gigue

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ʒiːɡ/

Noun[edit]

gigue (plural gigues)

  1. an Irish dance, derived from the jig, used in the Partita form (Baroque Period).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French gige, gigue (a fiddle, kind of dance), from Frankish *gīge (dance, fiddle), from Proto-Germanic *gīganą (to move, wish, desire), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeiǵʰ-, *gʰeigʰ- (to yawn, gape, long for, desire). More at gig, geg, jig.

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Noun[edit]

gigue f (plural gigues)

  1. (music) string instrument, roughly in the form of a mandoline (c. 1120–50)
  2. (dancing) lively and gay dance originary from the British Isles, gigue, jig
  3. (music) musical melody, to be danced in the way of a gigue
  4. (familiar) long leg, tall and skinny girl, haunch of some animals especially venison (19th century)
  5. (colloquial) disorderly way of dancing (danser la gigue), twerk of the hips (gigue des fesses; early 20th century)
  6. a small boat, gig
  7. (telecommunications) jitter

References[edit]

gigue” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).