Main definitions of gig in English

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gig1

noun

  • 1historical A light two-wheeled carriage pulled by one horse.

    • ‘During the war we had a gig with a cart horse and used to bowl along around the north-west end of town - great transport when petrol was rationed.’
    • ‘Luckily for him, her carriage was an open gig, and she had no trouble hearing him above the crickets and the wind.’
    • ‘On one occasion the Archdeacon conducted a service on the verandah and the neighbours arrived for this in gigs, on horseback and in cars.’
    • ‘The doctor persisted with the cantankerous little car, but admitted that if he had an urgent medical case to visit he would take a horse drawn gig rather than risk a break down.’
    • ‘The four horse drawn gigs will be in Dungarvan on July 9 and travelling from Cappoquin to Fermoy on July 10.’
    wagon, hackney, hansom, landau, trap, caravan, car
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  • 2A light, fast, narrow boat adapted for rowing or sailing.

    • ‘An hour or two later, the ferry tows the gigs home.’
    • ‘The new gig should be out of the builders by April next year, giving plenty of time to think of a name.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Travel in a gig.

Origin

Late 18th century: apparently a transferred sense of obsolete gig ‘a flighty girl’, which was also applied to various objects or devices that whirled.

Pronunciation

gig

/ɡɪɡ//ɡiɡ/

Main definitions of gig in English

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gig2

noun

informal
  • 1A live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.

    • ‘I'd venture into London, and my dad would take me to a rock gig or a jazz gig.’
    • ‘A music-making course at Wiltshire Music Centre gave youngsters the chance to perform a live gig.’
    • ‘For a start, when was the last time you saw a Spanish guitar at a hip-hop gig?’
    • ‘As someone in the audience told me, it was light years away from their previous gigs.’
    • ‘It is worth remembering, though, that this was a debut gig, and mistakes can be fine tuned with time.’
    • ‘At the end of the gig, when the lights came back on, the people who'd been standing next to us turned to us and said how nice it was to see people really getting into the music.’
    • ‘This not-to-be-missed gig on November 6 at 8.30 pm is a welcome highlight for all fans of traditional music and live gigs.’
    • ‘A gig is a gig if it's in front of 60 people or 6,000 people.’
    • ‘So as a big tease he made a debut gig tonight and promptly broke up his band.’
    • ‘This is a unique gig and tickets will no doubt sell out fast.’
    • ‘I also did quite a lot of gigs with different set-ups and I always had to re-arrange the music again for these gigs, which takes a lot of time.’
    • ‘With sell-out gigs of their own and festival appearances, this year must have worked out better than they could have hoped for.’
    • ‘It was last year that the boys played all-out big gigs in front of sell-out crowds.’
    • ‘She had retreated to the island after a fast and furious year of travel and gigs.’
    • ‘They started the band and became more popular with their live gigs.’
    • ‘She is jetting about all over the place, flitting between jazz gigs, gospel recitals, disco dates and dance shows.’
    • ‘With more practice, a few bigger gigs and an active dance floor, there is potential.’
    • ‘Imagine being a successful Jazz musician playing gigs on the road, performing in the Big Apple's coolest clubs and even under the stage lights of Broadway.’
    • ‘Tickets are $25 and being a one-off gig they will sell fast.’
    • ‘We're so big now that I just kind of get ferried to gigs and told to play.’
    performance, turn, routine, number, item, piece, sketch, skit, playlet, dance, song
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    1. 1.1 A job, especially one that is temporary or that has an uncertain future.
      ‘he secured his first gig as an NFL coach’
      • ‘Aside from the usual babysitting gig, there are other ways to rake in the bucks you need to buy a new computer.’
      • ‘That might be an even tougher assignment than his international gig.’
      • ‘This job is in addition to his semi-regular gig writing record and concert reviews for the local weekly, the Other Paper.’
      • ‘The night before I picked it up, I did a television news gig.’
      • ‘In any event, it couldn't have helped me, and I continue to pay the rent with menial office work and a few freelance writing gigs.’
      • ‘She's been doing this gig too long; she's written herself out of topics.’
      • ‘It goes without saying that the book doesn't pay half as well as the information architecture gig did.’
      • ‘Prior to this gig, he was a PR director.’
      • ‘Get her out of the restaurant critic gig, and back to the features before all is lost.’
      • ‘Why not roll up your sleeves and snap up those lucrative implementation gigs?’
      • ‘After I get writing gigs, I try to take care of them as soon as I can.’
      • ‘The man claims he will do anything to get a network TV gig.’
      • ‘Anyway, with my current search for freelancing gigs I was thinking about how much a freelancer needs to charge per day to equal certain full-time salaries.’
      • ‘He gives you some great gig in which you make a whole heap of money, and you're just on top of the world and on every magazine cover, but your personal life is miserable.’
      • ‘At this point, I can't think of a job I'd like more than a writing gig.’
      • ‘While she works as an ESL teacher, she is getting closer to making writing her full-time gig.’
      • ‘I wonder if I can get some gig where I can work from home.’
      • ‘Maybe it's time to look into a part-time babysitting gig - as long as tending to the tots doesn't distract you from your studies.’
      • ‘Anna originally turned down the writing gig but reconsidered after learning that some people had the wrong impression of her.’
      • ‘He now does regular gigs for writing groups in Fleetwood.’
      • ‘I figured if I want to pursue writing as a real, hopefully money-making gig in the future, I'd better get used to doing it on a regular basis.’
      • ‘I had been walking home from a babysitting gig at my friend Rosaline's house when he nearly ran me down.’
      • ‘Mark gave me this gig because he knows I that can write decently.’
      • ‘Loading in gear and loading out gear is probably the worst part of any gig.’
      • ‘I just started the biggest freelance gig of my life, hopefully I'll get to say something about it soon as one part should launch next week.’
      • ‘Feature writing is the easiest gig in the business, if you ask me.’
      • ‘Last year, I was living in Chicago and looking for a third job to supplement my freelance writing and catering gigs.’
      • ‘Sometimes, this professor gig can be almost like a real job.’
      • ‘I was actually working, doing a bizarre street-performance gig in Memphis.’
      • ‘Volunteering helped him secure his first paying gig as an assistant director of business and legal affairs.’
      • ‘From afar being a sperm donor sounds like a pretty good gig.’
      • ‘I'm keeping my correspondent's name confidential, just in case there's a chance of more copyediting gigs in the future.’
      • ‘I was living in Toronto and had just secured my first weekly DJ gig, something that required me to spend all kinds of money I didn't have on records every week.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1Perform a gig or gigs.

    • ‘Year 2000, and we've just been joined by an extra guitarist who will be gigging with us soon and we're currently working on our new album.’
    • ‘She is currently putting a group together and gigging around Dublin with the intention of making it as a singer and dancer in the United States.’
    • ‘We gigged for about two years adding and taking away another couple of guitarists.’
    • ‘In fact, the band carried on recording and gigging until 2000.’
    • ‘The band began to gig around London and gain a loyal cult following.’
    • ‘Evidently, from the tight togetherness of the playing here, these were accomplished show bands used to endlessly gigging.’
    • ‘‘We want to gig at stag parties and weddings and water parks,’ he insists.’
    • ‘The band has gigged constantly ever since.’
    • ‘It was the 60s, and like The Beatles, he gigged in Liverpool and Hamburg.’
    • ‘The band gigged around the city until they were discovered by a local Liverpuddlian label, Honey Records.’
    • ‘We plan to gig as much as we can and hopefully get an album released, we have enough material.’
    • ‘Our cousin sang back-up for Smokey so we got to see them every year when they gigged in town.’
    • ‘After a year gigging all over Europe they descended into the studio returning with the finest progressive rock album of this millennium.’
    • ‘That, my friends, could be the album's only fatal flaw - they've been gigging solidly with these songs, and when the album's released they'll be gigging with them again.’
    • ‘Next year we'll be gigging and writing as much as possible.’
    • ‘For a long time, they have gigged extensively but never had a definite cutting edge to their sound.’
    • ‘In no time at all we were gigging and the fun began!’
    • ‘She spent the rest of the autumn in New York and New Orleans gigging and writing for her third album.’
    • ‘Livewise, we are gigging almost all the time, and we will let you know all dates as they are confirmed, here's what we have so far.’
    • ‘Tonight, as well has playing with a new drummer that they've never gigged with, the singer isn't in the best of health due to having Shingles.’
    1. 1.1with object Use (a piece of musical equipment) at a gig.

Origin

1920s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

gig

/ɡɪɡ//ɡiɡ/

Main definitions of gig in English

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gig3

noun

  • A harpoonlike device used for catching fish or frogs.

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Catch fish or frogs using a gig.

Origin

Early 18th century: shortening of earlier (rarely used) fizgig, probably from Spanish fisga ‘harpoon’.

Pronunciation

gig

/ɡɪɡ//ɡiɡ/

Main definitions of gig in English

: gig1gig2gig3gig4

gig4

noun

Computing
informal
  • short for gigabyte
    • ‘In an entire month, this web site might use up 60 gigs in bandwidth - although unlikely.’
    • ‘The good news is, you get an extra gig of data download to watch this.’
    • ‘The user was cut off after downloading 150 gigs this month.’
    • ‘Of course, if you're down to your last few gigs, you probably should buy a new drive.’
    • ‘As part of the upgrade, their usage limit will increase from 30 gig to 75 gig a month.’

Pronunciation

gig

/ɡɪɡ//ɡiɡ/