Posted by ESC on November 28, 2000
In Reply to: Ginchiest posted by Catherine Rhodes on November 28, 2000
: Anyone know the etymology of this word? As in "you are the ginchiest" or "that's really ginchy!"
According to the "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994:
GINCH, n. (origin unkn.) 1. A young woman or women, esp. considered as sources of sexual gratification; copulation with a woman. 1936 'American Speech' (Oct.) 280 Ginch Any girl. 2. the vulva or vagina."
GINCHY adj. Student., Esp. West Coast. 1. Wonderfully good or attractive. 1959 I. Taylor 'Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb' (pop. song): You're the ginchiest!.1990 'Mystery Science Theatre' (Comedy Central TV): Aw, she's the ginchiest.2. (perhaps of independent origin) anxious; jumpy; Antsy. 1970 C. Harrison 'No Score' 53 I got very ginchy about being left alone with Aileen, very hopeful and very anxious both at once."
I've never heard the noun "ginch" used as defined in the first entry. I've never heard "ginchy" the adjective in "real life," just in the movies.