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gig1

Syllabification: gig
Pronunciation: /ɡiɡ
 
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noun

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

Words that rhyme with gig

big, brig, dig, fig, frig, grig, jig, lig, pig, prig, rig, snig, sprig, swig, tig, trig, twig, Whig, wig

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gig2

Syllabification: gig
Pronunciation: /ɡiɡ
 
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informal

noun

1A live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: gig
Pronunciation: /ɡiɡ
 
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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
Pronunciation: /ɡiɡ
 
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noun

Computing , informal
Short for gigabyte.
Example sentences
  • 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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