fizgig - Wiktionary

fizgig – Wiktionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English gig (a frivolous lady); the primary aspect of the phrase could also be from fise (an occasion of flatulence), from fist (an act of breaking wind).


fizgig (plural fizgigs)

  1. (archaic) A flirtatious, coquettish woman, inclined to gad or gallivant about; a gig, a giglot, a jillflirt. [From 1520s.]
    • 1596, Stephen Gosson, Nice Quippes for Vpstart Nevvfangled Gentlevvomen, London: Imprinted at London by Richard Iohnes, →OCLC; reprinted as [John Payne Collier, editor], Nice Quippes for Upstart Newfangled Ladies. By Stephen Gosson. A Treatise on the Satisfaction and Abuse of Ladies. By Charles Bansley. The First from a Copy with the Writer’s Autograph; the Final from a Distinctive Impression by Thomas Reynalde, London: Reprinted by T. Richards, for the executors of the late C. Richards, 100, St. Martin’s Lane, 1841, →OCLC, web page 13:
      You thinke (maybe) to win nice fame / by uncouth sutes and fashions wilde: / All corresponding to know you thinke the identical, / however in ech variety you’re beguilde; / For while you looke for praises sound; / Then are you for gentle fisgiggs crownde.
    • 1864, Geraldine E[ndsor] Jewsbury, chapter XXX, in The Sorrows of Gentility, 2nd version, London: Chapman and Corridor, 193, Piccadilly, OCLC 2986518, web page 180:

      I do not see why Gertrude just isn’t younger sufficient and powerful sufficient to handle her baby herself, with out having a wonderful madman of a nurse to assist her. If she can’t it’s time she is discovered;—anyway, I’ll hold no such fizgigs about right here.

  2. (archaic) One thing frivolous or trivial; a gewgaw, a trinket.
    • 1871, Harriet Beecher Stowe, “John’s Birthday”, in Pink and White Tyranny. A Society Novel, Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, OCLC 51434892, web page 147:

      “[…] Lillie did the very best she might, poor woman! however I might see on a regular basis she was worrying about her new fizgigs and folderols in the home. []” / “[…] Younger mistresses, you see, have nerves throughout their home at first. They tremble at each dent of their furnishings, and wink while you come close to it, as in case you have been going to hit it a blow; however that wears off in time, and so they be taught to take it straightforward.”

    • 1874 July 1, “Belles Lettres”, in The Westminster and Overseas Quarterly Overview, quantity CII, quantity CCI (New Collection, quantity XLVI, quantity I), London: Trübner & Co, 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill, OCLC 613024433, pages 291–292:

      Mr. Leslie Stephen’s fashion is precisely the other to Canon [Charles] Kingsley’s. We’ve got no fizgigs of wonderful writing for wonderful writing’s sake, or for the sake of anything. God just isn’t adjured nor complimented in each different web page. Christianity and muscle mass discover their correct locations. It’s a excellent reduction after the flabby, effeminate rhetoric with which we at the moment are deluged, to learn Mr. Leslie Stephen’s terse and masculine fashion.
    • 1910 Might 28, “Wished—a Funeral March”, in Musical Information, quantity XXXVIII, London: [s.n.], OCLC 33075993, web page 566:

      Tawdry has been utilized to a few of the pianoforte “fizgigs” that [Franz] Liszt connected to items he tailored from themes by others; that will or will not be a justifiable designation, however we glance in useless for any such remedy within the Useless March.


fizgig (third-person singular easy current fizgigs, current participle fizgigging, easy previous and previous participle fizgigged)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To roam round in a frivolous method; to gad about, to gallivant.
    • 1594, Tho[mas] Nashe, The Vnfortunate Traueller. Or, The Lifetime of Iacke Wilton, London: Printed by T[homas] Scarlet for C[uthbert] Burby, & are to be bought at his store adioyning to the Change, →OCLC; republished in Stanley Wells, editor, Thomas Nashe: Chosen Works (Routledge Revivals), Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2015, →ISBN, web page 221:
      Why ought to I’m going gadding and fizgigging after firking flantado amphibologies?
    • 1782, Robert Bage, Mount Henneth: A Novel, London: Printed for T. Lowndes, →OCLC; republished in The Novels of Swift, Bage, and Cumberland; […] (Ballantyne’s Novelist’s Library; IX), London: Printed by Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 90, Cheapside, and eight, Pall Mall; printed by James Ballantyne and Firm, on the Border Press, Edinburgh, 1824, →OCLC, pages 147–148:
      [] I likes you as a result of yo’re not one of the fiz-gigging misses, with their roles and pomatums, and tippets, and trumpery; you are a sober minded younger lady, one belike as wull hold shut home, and thoughts enterprise: []
    • 2010 June, Wendelin Van Draanen, “Vinnie Will get Grilled”, in The Energy Potion (The Gecko & Sticky), New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN, web page 46:

      The previous man’s bottom fizgigged with laughter. “See ya, child!” he known as as Dave pedaled away.

Etymology 2[edit]

fizz +‎ gig (a whirling factor)


fizgig (plural fizgigs)

  1. (archaic) A small squib-like firework that explodes with a fizzing or hissing noise.
    • 1853 September 10, “A Good Show of Fireworks”, in Charles Dickens, editor, Family Phrases. A Weekly Journal, quantity VIII, quantity 181, London: Printed on the Workplace, no. 16, Wellington Road North, Strand; printed by Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars, London, OCLC 321293193, web page 45, column 2:

      What the Chevalier [Mortram] is about to do nobody is meant to know however himself. Within the impenetrable breast of the artist lies the willpower [] whether or not a Satan-among-the-Tailors shall finish his freaks with a grand explosion of flower-pots and fizzgigs; [] or a fiery dragon to dart and wriggle and spit fireplace over the heads of the spectators.

    • 1864, Frank Fowler, “‘Man Fake, Man.’”, in Final Gleanings, London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 14 Ludgate Hill, OCLC 38709671, web page 44:

      Very totally different have been our fizgigs at Brambles’. Neither powder nor pepper (you understand) was adulterated in these days, and in case you made a fizgig, why it blossomed and starred like a golden thistle, flashed right into a myriad sparklets like a tiny fountain for Queen Mab and her troupe to bounce round.

    • 1876, Whyte Thorne [pseudonym; Richard Whiteing], “Brother Peter”, in The Democracy. A Novel [] In Three Volumes, quantity I, London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, OCLC 22773617, pages 71–72:

      And at some point fortune performed into his hand by sending a buyer to the store for 2 ounces of gunpowder, when Paul was standing by. / “Do you retain gunpowder, then?” stated Paul, with kindling eyes, as the person left the store. / “Sure,” answered his brother innocently, “however we solely promote it to grown-up folks. Boys would not know what to do with it.” / “Would not they, although? Why, you may make fizgigs of it that blaze like Vesuvius, the burning mountain.”
    • 2008, Salvatore Scibona, in The Finish, St. Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, →ISBN; republished London: Classic Books, 2011, →ISBN, web page 35:
      Half a dozen boys in linen blazers, their hair in uniform flattops, have been capturing off fizgigs in his alley and paid him no thoughts as he pretended to make use of his key to unlock the alley-oop door.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Presumably from Spanish fisga (harpoon).


fizgig (plural fizgigs)

  1. (fishing) A spear with a barb on the tip of it, used for catching fish; a sort of harpoon.
    • 1638, Tho[mas] Herbert [Sir Thomas Herbert, 1st Baronet], Some Yeares Travels into Divers Elements of Asia and Afrique. [] , rev. and enl. (2nd) version, London: Printed by R[ichard] Bi[sho]p for Iacob Blome and Richard Bishop, OCLC 278540753, guide I, web page 24:

      At day break we have been cloſe by the Peninſule Mozambique (a part of Quiloa) inhabited by Negroes; plentiful in Gold, Silver, and Ambergreece; [] [A]n Armado of Dolphins aſſaulted us; and ſuch we ſaulted as we might intice to taſte our hooks or fiſſgiggs: []
    • [1785, A[bel] Boyer; Lewis [i.e., Louis] Chambaud; J[ean-]B[aptiste] Robinet, “FIZGIG”, in A. Boyer’s New Dictionary English and French: and French and English. Containing the Signification of Phrases, with Their Completely different Makes use of; the Phrases of Arts, Sciences and Trades; the Constructions, Types of Speech, Idioms, and Proverbs Utilized in Each Languages: the Entire Extracted from the Finest Writers; Corrected, Improved and Enlarged, quantity II (Containing the English earlier than the French), Paris: C[harles-Joseph] Panckoucke; Amsterdam: D. J. Changuion and B. Vlam; Utrecht: B. Wild, OCLC 931101419, web page 206, column 3:

      FIZGIG, ſ[ubſtantive] [a ſort of dart or harpoon with which ſeamen ſtrike fiſh.] Sorte de harpon.]

    • 1811, [G. Paterson], chapter XXXI, in The Historical past of New South Wales, from Its First Discovery to the Current Time; Comprising an Correct and Fascinating Description of that Huge and Outstanding Nation; [] , Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Printed and revealed by Mackenzie and Dent, St. Nicholas’ Church-yard, OCLC 35036328, web page 357:

      [T]he inhabitants of this bay appeared to own, typically, a really pointed distinction from, if not a superiority over, these of New South Wales, notably of their net-works. There was little question however they have been supplied with nets for catching very massive fish, or animals; [] Mr. [Matthew] Flinders was of opinion, that this mode of procuring their meals would trigger a attribute distinction between the manners, and maybe the inclinations of those folks, and of those that principally rely on the spear or fizgig for a provide.
    • 1908, John Masefield, Captain Margaret: A Romance, London: G. Richards, OCLC 457389991, web page 104:

      [T]wo of those pink Indians in a ship, and so they simply paddle gentle, paddle gentle, as nonetheless as nonetheless, and so they come as much as the turtles as they lie asleep within the sea, after which. Whang. They dart their fizgigs. They by no means miss.

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Etymology 4[edit]

Origin unknown.
(This etymology is lacking or incomplete. Please add to it, or focus on it on the Etymology scriptorium.)


fizgig (plural fizgigs)

  1. (Australia, slang, dated) A police informer, a stool pigeon, somebody employed by police to entrap somebody elseor provoke them to commit a criminal offense.
    • 1922, Parliament of Australia, Parliamentary Debates, quantity 101, [s.l.]: Printed and revealed for the Authorities of the Commonwealth of Australia by J. Kemp, OCLC 5439396, web page 3262:

      In an effort to make the clause excellent the Minister would possibly add— / All “spotters,” spies, fizgigs, and informers will probably be correctly rewarded, and duly promoted, and assured towards publicity.

    • 2007 January, Pip Wilson, Faces within the Road: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Road Push, third version, Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.: Pip Wilson, →ISBN, web page 191:

      Fizgigs?” Wooden asks. / “Pimps. A fizgig is an agent provocateur – he will get you to do one thing you should not do and that may hold you in courtroom. A pimp will get you to do one thing innocuous that may nonetheless hold you. []

    • 2012, G. S. Manson, chapter 10, in Coorparoo Blues & the Irish Fandango, Portland, Or.: Verse Refrain Press, →ISBN, web page 71:

      A standard feller going about his enterprise will give ya the as soon as over with no squirm, however not this joker. Both he was a fizgig, or he was there to tip off somebody about Jack’s actions – Soupy, presumably.



fizgig (third-person singular easy current fizgigs, current participle fizgigging, easy previous and previous participle fizgigged)

  1. (Australia, slang, dated) To behave as a police informer or agent provocateur.
    • 1907, “Crime and the Prison. The Faulty Detective Forces of Australia.”, in The Lone Hand, quantity I, Sydney, N.S.W.: William McLeod, OCLC 974043041, web page 523:

      The employment of “fiz-gigs” – males engaged by detectives to tempt discharged prisoners to commit specified [] The report of Mr. Francis Longmore and his colleagues might certainly have tended to decrease “fiz-gigging []
    • 1985, Peter Corris, chapter 5, in Make Me Wealthy, Sydney, N.S.W.; London: Unwin Paperbacks, →ISBN:

      Straightforward, Frank. I do not need any terror. Only a line on Catchpole—who he is fizzgigging for in the mean time. What is likely to be happening.

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Etymology 5[edit]

Origin unknown.
(This etymology is lacking or incomplete. Please add to it, or focus on it on the Etymology scriptorium.)


fizgig (plural fizgigs)

  1. (Scotland, uncommon) The frequent ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris).
    • 1853, George Johnston, “A Flora of the Japanese Borders”, in The Botany of the Japanese Borders, with the Widespread Names and Makes use of of the Crops, and of the Customs and Beliefs which have been Related to Them (Terra Lindisfarnensis. The Pure Historical past of the Japanese Borders; I), London: John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row, OCLC 3875407, web page 111, paragraph 318:

      S[enecio] jacobæa. Ragwort: Yellow-weed: Yellow elshinders, and within the Merse [Berwickshire], Fizz-gigs.—A typical weed in previous pastures and by road-sides.
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