gig

noun (1)
\ ˈgig How to pronounce gig (audio) \
plural gigs

Definition of gig

 (Entry 1 of 9)

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

gig

verb (1)
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 2 of 9)

intransitive verb

: to work as a musician gigged with various bandsDownbeat

gig

noun (2)

Definition of gig (Entry 3 of 9)

gig

noun (3)

Definition of gig (Entry 4 of 9)

1a : 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

verb (2)
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 5 of 9)

intransitive verb

: to travel in a gig

gig

noun (4)

Definition of gig (Entry 6 of 9)

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

verb (3)
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 7 of 9)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to fish with a gig

gig

noun (5)

Definition of gig (Entry 8 of 9)

: a military demerit

gig

verb (4)
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 9 of 9)

transitive verb

: to give a military gig to

First Known Use of gig

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

History and Etymology for gig

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

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“Gig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gig. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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gig

noun
\ ˈgig How to pronounce gig (audio) \

Kids Definition of gig

1 : a long light boat
2 : a light carriage having two wheels and pulled by a horse

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