A woman of light or extravagant habits. Lady Anne Berkeley,
dissatisfied with the conduct of her
daughter-in-law (Lady Catherine Howard), exclaimed, “By the
blessed sacrament, this gay girl will beggar my son Henry.” (See
“What eyleth you? Some gay gurl, God it wot, Hath brought you thus
upon the very trot” (i.e. put you on your high horse, or into a
passion). Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, 3,767.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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