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gig - What does it mean?

Definition of 'gig'


Etymology 1

Akin to Old Norse .


  • (informal|music) A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role for a musician or performer.
  • I caught one of the Rolling Stones' first gigs in Richmond .
    Hey, when are we gonna get that hotel gig again?
    Our guitar player had another gig so we had to get a sub.
  • (informal|by extension) Any job; especially one that is temporary; or alternately, one that is very desirable.
  • I had this gig as a file clerk but it wasn't my style so I left .
    Hey, that guy's got a great gig over at the bike shop. He hardly works all day!
  • A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
  • * 1967 , William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner , Vintage 2004, p. 77:
  • the room grew stifling warm and vapor clung to the windowpanes, blurring the throng of people still milling outside the courthouse, a row of tethered gigs and buggies, distant pine trees in a scrawny, ragged grove.
  • (archaic) A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
  • (South England) A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  • (US|military) A demerit received for some infraction of military dress or deportment codes.
  • I received gigs for having buttons undone.


  • To fish or catch with a gig, or fish spear.
  • To engage in musical performances.
  • The Stones were gigging around Richmond at the time
  • To make fun of; to make a joke at someone's expense, often condescending.
  • His older cousin was just gigging him about being in love with that girl from school.
  • (US|military) To impose a demerit for an infraction of a dress or deportment code.
  • His sergeant gigged him for an unmade bunk.

    Etymology 2

    A shortening of (gigabyte).


  • (colloquial|computing) A gigabyte.
  • This picture is almost a gig ; don't you wanna resize it?
    How much music does it hold?'' ''A hundred and twenty gigs .

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) gigge.


  • A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
  • Etymology 4

    Probably from (etyl) (lena) .


  • To engender.
  • (Dryden)
    (Webster 1913)

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