\ ˈgig How to pronounce gig (audio) \

Definition of gig

 (Entry 1 of 9)

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

Definition of gig (Entry 2 of 9)

intransitive verb

: to travel in a gig

Definition of gig (Entry 3 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
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 4 of 9)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to fish with a gig

Definition of gig (Entry 5 of 9)

: a job usually for a specified time especially : an entertainer's engagement
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 6 of 9)

intransitive verb

: to work as a musician gigged with various bandsDownbeat

Definition of gig (Entry 7 of 9)

: a military demerit
gigged; gigging

Definition of gig (Entry 8 of 9)

transitive verb

: to give a military gig to

Definition of gig (Entry 9 of 9)

First Known Use of gig

Noun (1)

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1807, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1803, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (3)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1937, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Verb (4)

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Noun (5)

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gig

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

short for earlier fizgig, fishgig, of unknown origin

Noun (3)

origin unknown

Noun (4)

origin unknown

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More Definitions for gig

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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