a single professional engagement of one or more performers, especially of jazz or rock musicians: His band has a gig at a club in New Jersey.
a live performance, as on a stage: I went to see my friend's comedy gig.
any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration: Years ago he had a teaching gig out west somewhere.
relating to or being a job of short or uncertain duration: Gig workers don't receive benefits such as health insurance.
to work as a musician or other performer, especially in a single engagement: That vocalist has gigged with some of the biggest names in the business.
to work at any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration: He gigs as a clown at children’s birthday parties.
Other definitions for gig (2 of 5)
short for gigabyte.
Other definitions for gig (3 of 5)
a light, two-wheeled one-horse carriage.
a light boat rowed with four, six, or eight long oars.
a boat reserved for the use of the captain of a ship.
to ride in a gig.
to raise the nap on (a fabric).
Other definitions for gig (4 of 5)
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.
Other definitions for gig (5 of 5)
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.
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How to use gig in a sentence
Bastian Lehman, CEO of Postmates, also penned an op-ed on CNN about gig workers and how there needs to be a third classification of workers, which is essentially what Prop 22 is pushing.Human Capital: The battle over the fate of gig workers continues | Megan Rose Dickey | September 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
One recent gig took place across three different locations, including a beach town in the south of France and New York City.Couples spend thousands on a wedding photographer for that perfect shot | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
It was a temporary position holding him over between hospital gigs in Austin and New Mexico, where he now lives and works.A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984. | by Marshall Allen | September 5, 2020 | ProPublica
The phone-hanging tactic may reflect increased competition among workers for Flex jobs among workers at a time when Uber and Lyft rides—another popular source of so-called gig work—are in decline due to the pandemic.The bizarre reason Amazon drivers are hanging phones in trees near Whole Foods | Jeff | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
As gig companies continue to campaign against worker reclassification, some are now hiring full-time employees positioned to organize such efforts.Postmates is hiring regional organizers to fight employee status | Michelle Cheng | August 28, 2020 | Quartz
Monster Jam executives “have test driven quite a few women that have decided to pass” on the gig, Johnson said.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture | Eliza Krigman | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inspiring others to follow in their footsteps is one of the best parts of the gig, the drivers said.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture | Eliza Krigman | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meet the psychics preying on the elderly with a mail-order moneymaking gig that netted them millions a year.
She occasionally has to dress up as a mermaid for her gig at a fancy Miami hotel.
Ironically, his quick recovery after such a room-cooling moment could still land him the gig.
The captain's white gig having been manned, he seated himself in the stern sheets, a large flag trailing in the water behind him.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
The boat was a man-of-war's small four-oared gig; her outfit was scanty, but what was necessary we rapidly improvised.
And with that Macfarlane took his departure and drove off up the wynd in his gig to get under cover before daylight.Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
Once I said to him on a wery rainy day, "Sir, shall I bring the gig down to your office?"Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush | William Makepeace Thackeray
We rode in a gig, and our animal was a steady-going mare, and behaved as such; but all had not gigs or steady-going mares.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for gig (1 of 4)
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)
British Dictionary definitions for gig (2 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for gig (3 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for gig (4 of 4)
informal short for gigabyte
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