- to ride in a gig.
- to raise the nap on (a fabric).
Origin of gig1
- a device, commonly four hooks secured back to back, for dragging through a school of fish to hook them through the body.
- a spearlike device with a long, thick handle, used for spearing fish and frogs.
- to catch or spear (a fish or frog) with a gig.
- to catch fish or frogs with a gig.
Origin of gig2
- an official report of a minor infraction of regulations, as in school or the army; a demerit.
- a punishment for a minor infraction of rules.
- to give a gig to or punish with a gig.
Origin of gig3
- a single professional engagement, usually of short duration, as of jazz or rock musicians.
- any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration: a teaching gig out west somewhere.
- to work as a musician, especially in a single engagement: He gigged with some of the biggest names in the business.
Origin of gig4
Examples from the Web for gigged
Palmer gigged in bands before he started writing about them.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
March 18, 2014
Well, the cloth is gigged there on the big machines the first thing after it leaves the fulling mills and washers.Under Fire
Frank A. Munsey
After steaming, the cloth is thoroughly matted and gigged again, care being taken to avoid stirring up the ground nap.Textiles
William H. Dooley
If this be true, I hope my goblet has gigged another golden goblet; and then they may carry double upon all four.
- a light two-wheeled one-horse carriage without a hood
- nautical a light tender for a vessel, often for the personal use of the captain
- a long light rowing boat, used esp for racing
- a machine for raising the nap of a fabric
- (intr) to travel in a gig
- (tr) to raise the nap of (fabric)
- a cluster of barbless hooks drawn through a shoal of fish to try to impale them
- short for fishgig
- to catch (fish) with a gig
- a job, esp a single booking for a musician, comedian, etc, to perform at a concert or club
- the performance itself
- (intr) to perform at a gig or gigs
- informal short for gigabyte
Word Origin and History for gigged
"light carriage, small boat," 1790, perhaps, on notion of bouncing, from Middle English ghyg "spinning top" (in whyrlegyg, mid-15c.), also "giddy girl" (early 13c., also giglet), from Old Norse geiga "turn sideways," or Danish gig "spinning top."
"job," first used by jazz musicians, attested from 1915 but said to have been in use c.1905; of uncertain origin. As a verb, by 1939. Related: Gigged; gigging.