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gigolo Syllabification: gig·o·lo
Pronunciation: /ˈZHiɡəlō/

Definition of gigolo in English:

noun (plural gigolos)

chiefly derogatory
A young man paid or financially supported by an older woman to be her escort or lover.
Example sentences
  • The character decides to become a gigolo after discovering that it excites him when an older woman offers him money to have sex with her.
  • She spent thousands a day on drugs, champagne, fancy clothes and hiring gigolos for sex - sometimes two at a time.
  • She understands the blunder a second later, horrified by the image of herself looking either like a hooker, or worse, a sex-deprived housewife looking for a gigolo.
playboy, escort, male escort, paid escort;
informaltoy boy


1920s (in the sense 'dancing partner'): from French, formed as the masculine of gigole 'dance hall woman', from colloquial gigue 'leg'.

  • The original sense was ‘dancing partner’: it comes from French, formed as the masculine of gigole ‘dance hall woman’, from colloquial gigue ‘leg’.

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