- 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
- a gigabyte.
Examples from the Web for gig
Monster Jam executives “have test driven quite a few women that have decided to pass” on the gig, Johnson said.
Inspiring others to follow in their footsteps is one of the best parts of the gig, the drivers said.
She occasionally has to dress up as a mermaid for her gig at a fancy Miami hotel.‘Jane the Virgin’ Is The CW’s Best Show Ever
October 28, 2014
Ironically, his quick recovery after such a room-cooling moment could still land him the gig.NYPD Heckles Comedian During Arrest (NSFW)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 14, 2014
By only her second gig ever, she was opening for popular R&B recluse The Weeknd.The Mesmerizing Mystique of BANKS
October 8, 2014
No man in a gig could see, or feel, or think, like merry users of their legs.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
She climbed in a helpless way into the gig, and sat waiting for her husband.Salted With Fire
Doctor Dalichamp had clambered into his gig and was calling to Maurice.The Downfall
The doctor gaily got into his gig and exclaimed: 'All right, my dear, I will attend to your cow.
The gig had just reached the rising ground on which the church was built.
- 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 gig
"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.