There are 4 definitions of gig in English:

gig1

Syllabification: gig

noun

  • 1chiefly • historical A light two-wheeled carriage pulled by one horse.
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    • 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.
  • 2A light, fast, narrow boat adapted for rowing or sailing.
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    • The new gig should be out of the builders by April next year, giving plenty of time to think of a name.
    • An hour or two later, the ferry tows the gigs home.

verb

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  • 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.

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There are 4 definitions of gig in English:

gig2

Syllabification: gig
informal

noun

  • 1A live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1A job, especially one that is temporary or that has an uncertain future: he secured his first gig as an NFL coach
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    • 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'm keeping my correspondent's name confidential, just in case there's a chance of more copyediting gigs in the future.
    • Volunteering helped him secure his first paying gig as an assistant director of business and legal affairs.

verb (gigs, gigging, gigged)

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  • 1Perform a gig or gigs.
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    • 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.
    • Evidently, from the tight togetherness of the playing here, these were accomplished show bands used to endlessly gigging.
    • We plan to gig as much as we can and hopefully get an album released, we have enough material.
  • 1.1 [with object] Use (a piece of musical equipment) at a gig.

Origin

1920s: of unknown origin.

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gig3

Syllabification: gig

noun

  • A harpoonlike device used for catching fish or frogs.

verb (gigs, gigging, gigged)

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  • Catch fish or frogs using a gig.

Origin

early 18th century: shortening of earlier (rarely used) fizgig, probably from Spanish fisga 'harpoon'.

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gig4

Syllabification: gig

noun

Computing , • informal
  • short for gigabyte.
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    • The good news is, you get an extra gig of data download to watch this.
    • In an entire month, this web site might use up 60 gigs in bandwidth - although unlikely.
    • The user was cut off after downloading 150 gigs this month.

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