Definition of go-go in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡō ˌɡō/ /ˈɡoʊ ˌɡoʊ/

Translate go-go into Spanish


  • 1Relating to or denoting an unrestrained and sexually provocative style of dancing to popular music.

    ‘a go-go bar’
    • ‘go-go dancers’
    • ‘Participants got hip to this and more at Tease-O-Rama 2002, the second annual national convention devoted to reviving burlesque, go-go dancing, and vaudeville.’
    • ‘Sex, inevitably, plays a significant part in the music, particularly as Jake discovered a knack for performance during his successful stint as a go-go dancer, to raise funds for a European college trip.’
    • ‘Watching Shocore perform, I had to wonder what it is like to be one of the band's go-go dancers.’
    • ‘Grannies have gone skiing, parachute jumping and all sorts of daring things, so why not go-go dancing?’
    • ‘This is your multi-tasking option, as house, jungle and breaks will be served in equal parts for a party that also promises a slew of go-go dancing revellers for your eyes.’
    • ‘Have you ever thought of go-go dancing professionally?’
    • ‘Eric's recommendation not to go to a go-go bar if you don't like loud music or go-go dancers misses the point.’
    • ‘Of course, the prettier bar girls and physically enhanced go-go dancers will suffer little.’
    • ‘Also included in the zoning plan are karaoke businesses, beer bars and go-go bars, and other entertainment businesses according to directives from the Ministry of Interior.’
    • ‘Entertainment businesses that fall under the plan include beer bars, go-go bars, pubs, karaokes and discos.’
    • ‘Christian (brother of Neve) Campbell stars as Gabrielle, an anxious aspiring musical-writer who spots his dream boy, Mark the go-go dancer, in a gay bar.’
    • ‘Kelly Wenham plays go-go dancer Jodi who gets caught in the crossfire as Sam tries to put a stop to club owner Warren's unscrupulous behaviour.’
    • ‘After the raid, officers ordered the lights turned on and found 40 young men between the ages of 16-18 dancing on stage at the go-go bar.’
    • ‘Ahead we saw lights and soon entered an intersection which had a population of sidewalk patrons drifting past nightclubs and go-go bars.’
    • ‘The new complex features at least 15 beer bars and 15 go-go bars, and more than 100 employees formed part of the colorful opening ceremony which included mechanical bull riding and a parade.’
    • ‘Incredibly, the entertainment included a group of go-go dancers who pole-danced in string bikinis in front of the crowd of men, women and young children.’
    • ‘I am sure that if you don't like loud music or go-go dancers then you don't go to those establishments, but if you did, do you expect them to stop everything that they do?’
    • ‘Three years ago I met a young man (not a go-go dancer!) with whom I've developed a close friendship.’
    • ‘These days there are more classes than there are go-go dancers in all of Thailand, and the regulations for these take up several libraries.’
    • ‘The Green Bottle Pub was started to provide tourists and ex-pats with an alternative to the beer bar and go-go scene.’
    erotic, sexy, provocative, go-go, striptease, titillating, risqué
  • 2North American Assertively dynamic.

    • ‘the go-go bravado of the 1980s’
    dynamic, energetic, ambitious, driven, go-ahead, assertive, fast-track, effective, enterprising, vigorous, forceful, aggressive, pushy, pushing, driving

mass noun

mass noun
  • A style of dance music originating in the black communities of Washington DC and characterized by an incessant funk beat.


1950s (in sense 2 of the adjective): reduplication of go, perhaps influenced by a gogo.