A gigolo is a male who either supplies sexual or romantic services in exchange for money or other gain, or who works as a male escort or professional dancing partner. Other terms for a gigolo include lounge lizard, escort , or even male prostitute. The contemporary concept of a gigolo tends to focus on opportunistic gentlemen with refined manners and impeccable dress who troll for rich women who will pay handsomely for their services. The stereotypical gigolo is a witty man dressed in impeccably designed clothing worn with flair and style.
ORIGINS OF THE TERM
Some women said they like paying for what they called the "perfect boyfriend experience," because at the end of the night, they pay the guy to go away. I know they aren't going to call. I don't want them to call. I know that whatever I say is what I say and they either like it or they don't, I don't care, and there's a freedom there. There's a liberty in just being whoever you are and knowing it doesn't matter.
Showtime reality series shows women hiring male escorts for sex.
In the run-up to this evening, each of my friends whose names have been changed expressed a different thought as to how we might test-drive a professional companion. Lise, a marketing executive, wanted Armani to join her at Pilates, or maybe ballet class. Rae, a musician, got swoony at the thought of him carrying an amp to one of her gigs.
The term gigolo usually implies a man who adopts a lifestyle consisting of a number of such relationships serially rather than having other means of support. The gigolo is expected to provide companionship, to serve as a consistent escort with good manners and social skills, and often to serve as a dancing partner as required by the woman in exchange for the support. Many gifts, such as expensive clothing and an automobile to drive, may be lavished upon him. The relationship may include sexual services as well, and he also can be referred to as a "kept man. The word gigolo may be traced to a first usage in English as a neologism during the s as a back-formation from gigolette , a French word for a woman hired as a dancing partner. Both gigolo and gigolette were first recorded in French in the middle part of the 19th century, referring to dance club denizens in Montmartre paid to dance with, and sometimes have sex with, unaccompanied male visitors.