An attractive young man who is supported by a rich older woman is an example of a gigolo.
- a man who is paid to be a dancing partner or escort for women
- a man who is the lover of a woman and is supported by her
Origin of gigoloFr, masculine back-formation from gigole, prostitute, origin, originally , tall, thin woman from Old French from gigue, long-legged, thin girl, thigh, leg, fiddle: see gigot
- A man who engages in an ongoing sexual relationship with a client in exchange for financial support.
- A man who is hired as an escort or a dancing partner for a woman.
Origin of gigoloFrench perhaps from gigolette dancing girl, prostitute from giguer to dance from gigue fiddle from Old French; see gigot .
First attested in English in 1922. From French gigolo (“young lover kept by an older woman”) (first attested in that sense in 1901; attested since 1894 in the sense "elegant young man whose means of livelihood are dubious", and since 1850 in the sense "lover of a gigolette or pimp"), , a back-formation from gigolette (“promiscuous dancing girl, girl available for hire as a dancing partner”) (attested since 1850), from giguer (“to dance”), from gigue (“fiddle”).