1chiefly historical 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.
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Travel in a gig.
late 18th century: apparently a transferred sense of obsolete gig 'a flighty girl', which was also applied to various objects or devices that whirled.
1A live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.
- 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)[no object] Back to top
1Perform a gig or gigs.
- 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.
1920s: of unknown origin.