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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GIG-MA-LEERIE, -ME-, n. 1. A silly, flighty boy or girl; 2. a fanciful way of speaking or acting.1. Knr. 1832 L. Barclay Poems 25:
In groups, the gigmaleeries meet, Decked in their best attire.
2. Ayr. 1817 D. McKillop Poems 27:
But never mind their gig-me-leeries, Their flatt'rin' speeches.

[Prob. from Gig, n.1, based on Whigmaleerie.]

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