agog


agog
\ \ [15] Agog probably comes from Old French goguemerriment’. It was used in the phrase en gogue, meaning ‘enjoying oneself’ (Randle Cotgrave, in his Dictionarie of the French and English tongues 1611, defines estre en ses gogues as ‘to be frolicke, lustie, lively, wanton, gamesome, all-a-hoit, in a pleasant humour; in a veine of mirth, or in a merrie mood’), and this was rendered into English as agog, with the substitution of the prefix a- (as in asleep) for en and the meaning toned down a bit to ‘eager’. It is not clear where gogue came from (it may perhaps be imitative of noisy merrymaking), but later in its career it seems to have metamorphosed into go-go, either through reduplication of its first syllable (gogue had two syllables) or through assimilation of the second syllable to the first: hence the French phrase à go-gojoyfully’, and hence too English go-go dancers.

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  • agog — agog; agog·ic; agog·ics; …   English syllables

  • Agog — A*gog , a. & adv. [Cf. F. gogue fun, perhaps of Celtic origin.] In eager desire; eager; astir. [1913 Webster] All agog to dash through thick and thin. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agog — Element secund de derivare savantă cu semnificaţia care conduce , care provoacă . [Şi agogic, agogie. < fr. agogue, agogie, cf. gr. agogos]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  AGÓG, AGOGÍE elem. care conduce , provoacă . (< fr …   Dicționar Român

  • -agog — agog, agogički, agogija DEFINICIJA kao drugi dio riječi znači vođenje, vođa, koji vodi, vodstvo [demagog; pedagogija] ETIMOLOGIJA grč. agog: vođa; agoikos: koji vodi; agógos: koji je vođen; ágeín: voditi …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • agog — in a state of desire; in a state of imagination; heated with the notion of some enjoyment; longing [Johnson], c.1400, perhaps from O.Fr. en gogues in jest, good humor, joyfulness, from gogue fun, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • agog — *eager, keen, anxious, avid, athirst Analogous words: excited, galvanized, stimulated (see PROVOKE): roused, aroused, stirred (see STIR vb): *impatient, restive I Antonyms: aloof Contrasted words: *indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, detached,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • agog — [adj] enthralled anxious, avid, breathless, eager, enthusiastic, excited, expectant, impatient, in suspense, on tenterhooks; concepts 401,542 …   New thesaurus

  • agog — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very eager to hear or see something. ORIGIN from Old French en gogues, from en in + gogue fun …   English terms dictionary

  • agog — [ə gäg′] adv., adj. [ME agogge < OFr en gogues < en, in + gogue, joke, joyfulness] in a state of eager anticipation, excitement, or interest …   English World dictionary

  • agog — /əˈgɒg / (say uh gog) adjective 1. in a state of wonder and amazement; astonished: they were agog to learn of her remarkable success. 2. in an anticipatory state of interest; eager. 3. in a state of excited interest: *Buddlecombe was all a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • agog — adj. agog over; with (she was all agog over her new granddaughter) * * * [ə gɒg] with (she was all over her new granddaughter) agog over …   Combinatory dictionary


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