gig

1 [gig]
noun
1.
a light, two-wheeled one-horse carriage.
2.
Nautical.
a.
a light boat rowed with four, six, or eight long oars.
b.
a boat reserved for the use of the captain of a ship.
3.
something that whirls.
4.
Also called gig mill. a roller containing teasels, used for raising nap on a fabric.
5.
Obsolete, whirligig ( def 5 ).
verb (used without object), gigged, gigging.
6.
to ride in a gig.
7.
to raise the nap on (a fabric).

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

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gig

2 [gig]
noun
1.
a device, commonly four hooks secured back to back, for dragging through a school of fish to hook them through the body.
2.
a spearlike device with a long, thick handle, used for spearing fish and frogs.
verb (used with object), gigged, gigging.
3.
to catch or spear (a fish or frog) with a gig.
verb (used without object), gigged, gigging.
4.
to catch fish or frogs with a gig.

Origin:
1715–25; shortened from fishgig or fizgig

gig

3 [gig]
noun
1.
an official report of a minor infraction of regulations, as in school or the army; a demerit.
2.
a punishment for a minor infraction of rules.
verb (used with object), gigged, gigging.
3.
to give a gig to or punish with a gig.

Origin:
1940–45; origin uncertain

gig

4 [gig] Slang.
noun
1.
a single professional engagement, usually of short duration, as of jazz or rock musicians.
2.
any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration: a teaching gig out west somewhere.
verb (used without object), gigged, gigging.
3.
to work as a musician, especially in a single engagement: He gigged with some of the biggest names in the business.

Origin:
1925–30; origin uncertain

gig

5 Informal.
noun
a gigabyte.
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gig1 (ɡɪɡ)
 
n
1.  a light two-wheeled one-horse carriage without a hood
2.  nautical a light tender for a vessel, often for the personal use of the captain
3.  a long light rowing boat, used esp for racing
4.  a machine for raising the nap of a fabric
 
vb , gigs, gigging, gigged
5.  (intr) to travel in a gig
6.  (tr) to raise the nap of (fabric)
 
[C13 (in the sense: flighty girl, spinning top): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish gig top, Norwegian giga to shake about]

gig2 (ɡɪɡ)
 
n
1.  a cluster of barbless hooks drawn through a shoal of fish to try to impale them
2.  short for fishgig
 
vb , gigs, gigging, gigged
3.  to catch (fish) with a gig
 
[C18: shortened from fishgig]

gig3 (ɡɪɡ)
 
n
1.  a job, esp a single booking for a musician, comedian, etc, to perform at a concert or club
2.  the performance itself
 
vb , gigs, gigging, gigged
3.  (intr) to perform at a gig or gigs
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

gig4 (ɡɪɡ)
 
n
informal short for gigabyte

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Word Origin & History

gig
"light carriage, small boat," 1790, perhaps, on notion of bouncing, from M.E. ghyg "spinning top" (in whyrlegyg, 1440), also "giddy girl" (giglet), from O.N. geiga "turn sideways," or Dan. gig "spinning top."

gig
"job," first used by jazz musicians, attested from 1915 but said to have been in use c.1905; of uncertain origin.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
gig
gigabyte
GIG
Galeão International Airport (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
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gig

any of several members of a class of light, open, two-wheeled, one-horse carriages, popular in France, England, and America. The gig, which first appeared in Paris in the 17th century, is the ancestor of the cabriolet. Popular variations were the Tilbury gig and the Stanhope gig, both designed by Fitzroy Stanhope. The Stanhope gig was an elegant carriage with low wheels that therefore required shafts with an upward reverse curve where attached to the horse's harness. The Tilbury resembled the Stanhope except in its manner of suspension

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Example sentences
If all goes well, you can entertain your new friends at dinner parties with
  academic horror stories from your previous gig.
It's what make makes this gig so frustrating and fun.
But you won't because you've got a great gig and you know it.
Sign, but if the better job comes up, take it and ditch the adjunct gig.
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