fizgig

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fizgig (FIZ-gig) n., a firework or toy that makes a hissing or whizzing sound as it spins; a flirtatious or frivolous girl, something frivolous or trivial, a gewgaw.


The two main senses have separate etymologies. The latter is the earlier one, from Middle English gig, a frivolous woman, with an intensifier of unknown origin but possibly relating to Old English fist, the act of farting. The former is from gig in the sense of a whirling thing with a descriptive fizz.

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