-  Agog probably comes from Old French gogue ‘merriment’. 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-go ‘joyfully’, and hence too English go-go dancers.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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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
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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
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