gig

1
[ gig ]
/ gɪg /

noun

verb (used without object), gigged, gig·ging.

to ride in a gig.
to raise the nap on (a fabric).

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Origin of gig

1
1200–50; Middle English gigge, gig flighty girl; akin to Danish gig top; compare Norwegian giga to shake about

Definition for gig (2 of 5)

gig2
[ gig ]
/ gɪg /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), gigged, gig·ging.

to catch or spear (a fish or frog) with a gig.

verb (used without object), gigged, gig·ging.

to catch fish or frogs with a gig.

Origin of gig

2
1715–25; shortened from fishgig or fizgig

Definition for gig (3 of 5)

gig3
[ gig ]
/ gɪg /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), gigged, gig·ging.

to give a gig to or punish with a gig.

Origin of gig

3
First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain

Definition for gig (4 of 5)

gig4
[ gig ]
/ gɪg /
Slang.

noun

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.

adjective

relating to or being a job of short or uncertain duration: Gig workers don't receive benefits such as health insurance.

verb (used without object), gigged, gig·ging.

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.

Origin of gig

4
First recorded in 1925–30; origin uncertain

Definition for gig (5 of 5)

gig5
Informal.

noun

a gigabyte.
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British Dictionary definitions for gig (1 of 4)

gig1
/ (ɡɪɡ) /

noun

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

verb gigs, gigging or gigged

(intr) to travel in a gig
(tr) to raise the nap of (fabric)

Word Origin for gig

C13 (in the sense: flighty girl, spinning top): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish gig top, Norwegian giga to shake about

British Dictionary definitions for gig (2 of 4)

gig2
/ (ɡɪɡ) /

noun

a cluster of barbless hooks drawn through a shoal of fish to try to impale them
short for fishgig

verb gigs, gigging or gigged

to catch (fish) with a gig

Word Origin for gig

C18: shortened from fishgig

British Dictionary definitions for gig (3 of 4)

gig3
/ (ɡɪɡ) informal /

noun

a job, esp a single booking for a musician, comedian, etc, to perform at a concert or club
the performance itself

verb gigs, gigging or gigged

(intr) to perform at a gig or gigs

Word Origin for gig

C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gig (4 of 4)

gig4
/ (ɡɪɡ) /

noun

informal short for gigabyte
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