gig

1 of 9

noun (1)

plural gigs
: a job usually for a specified time
especially : an entertainer's engagement see also gig economy, gig worker

gig

2 of 9

verb (1)

gigged; gigging

intransitive verb

: to work as a musician
gigged with various bandsDownbeat

gig

3 of 9

noun (2)

gig

4 of 9

noun (3)

1
a
: a long light ship's boat
b
: a rowboat designed for speed rather than for work
2
: a light 2-wheeled one-horse carriage
3
: something that whirls or is whirled: such as
a
: a 3-digit selection in a numbers game
b
obsolete : top, whirligig
4
: a person of odd or grotesque appearance

gig

5 of 9

verb (2)

gigged; gigging

intransitive verb

: to travel in a gig

gig

6 of 9

noun (4)

1
: a pronged spear for catching fish
2
: an arrangement of hooks to be drawn through a school of fish in order to hook their bodies

gig

7 of 9

verb (3)

gigged; gigging

transitive verb

1
: to spear with a gig
2
a
chiefly Western US : spur, jab
b

intransitive verb

: to fish with a gig

gig

8 of 9

noun (5)

: a military demerit

gig

9 of 9

verb (4)

gigged; gigging

transitive verb

: to give a military gig to

Examples of gig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
And some people are turning to extra jobs for not just income reasons: 48% of respondents who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck took on a side gig. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2024 Playing its first gig in the band's native London in November 2021, The Last Dinner Party's pointed and infectious baroque pop rock quickly made the band a national sensation. Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2024 Still, Peterson is convinced the Hornets’ gig is a premium opportunity. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The film primarily featured footage from the group’s hometown gig in Sept. 2022, while also incorporating interviews with the band and archival footage to trace their rise from playing diver bars on the Vegas strip to headlining the city’s gigantic football stadium. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2024 In other real-life news, Felicity Huffman booked her first TV gig following her role in the college admissions scandal and after Lori Loughlin parodied herself with a Curb cameo earlier this season. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2024 More than one-third of workers identify as independent contractors, including those taking on side gigs to supplement full-time jobs. The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1942, Flaherty got his big break as a writer and performer on SCTV after various gigs in theater and radio. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 The pair also discuss early influences such as Big Star, his pre-Counting Crows band the Himalayans, the challenge of playing music with others and a formative gig in Amsterdam. Spin Staff, SPIN, 1 Apr. 2024
Verb
Weezer gigged regularly over the next few months — at Club Lingerie, at the Coconut Teaszer, at the Central (now known as the Viper Room) — to more or less the same five people. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The group has not toured widely since 2019, with Ann and Nancy Wilson instead working on solo projects and gigging with their respective side bands. Spin Staff, SPIN, 29 Jan. 2024 Despite his illness, Mr. Fiddler gigged regularly in Detroit until last year, with up-and-coming groups like Will Sessions, Duality/Detroit and Dames Brown (a female vocal trio whose debut album, for which Mr. Fiddler was executive producer, will be released in 2024). Mike Rubin, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 This is a huge career step for a 23 year-old who has been gigging as a professional musician since his mid-teens. Jordan A. Rothacker, SPIN, 20 Dec. 2023 Over the next few years, the group gigged regularly, often playing Motown covers, and cycled through a few names before eventually settling on Kool and the Gang and setting out to write their own material. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Bynum points out that while Boston’s music schools have rosters of jazz stars who come to the city to teach and then leave, Lowe has been a constant presence, playing in clubs, creating with his artist daughter Naima, and even gigging at the Milton Farmers’ Market. Noah Schaffer, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2023 In 2020, Fair Work, a research group that studies gig work companies, rated the company the best for workers in India, giving it a score of eight out of 10 on parameters that include fair pay and working conditions. WIRED, 4 Aug. 2023 This was my first clue that the show, which is set in a dive bar and centers on the experiences of gigging independent rockers, intended to take care of me as an audience member in a way that indie music never has. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (3)

Middle English -gyge (in whyrlegyge whirligig), of unknown origin

Noun (4)

short for earlier fizgig, fishgig, of unknown origin

Noun (5)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1937, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1987, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb (2)

1807, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

1803, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (5)

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Verb (4)

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gig was in 1570

Dictionary Entries Near gig

Cite this Entry

“Gig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gig. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gig

1 of 3 noun
1
: a long light boat
2
: a light two-wheeled one-horse carriage

gig

2 of 3 noun

gig

3 of 3 noun
: an entertainer's job for a specified time
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