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gig1 (ɡɪɡ Pronunciation for gig1

Definitions

noun

  1. a light two-wheeled one-horse carriage without a hood
  2. (nautical) a light tender for a vessel, often for the personal use of the captain
  3. a long light rowing boat, used esp for racing
  4. a machine for raising the nap of a fabric

verb

Word forms:  gigs,  gigging,  gigged
  1. (intransitive) to travel in a gig
  2. (transitive) to raise the nap of (fabric)

Word Origin

C13 (in the sense: flighty girl, spinning top): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish gig top, Norwegian giga to shake about

gig2 (ɡɪɡ Pronunciation for gig2

Definitions

noun

  1. a cluster of barbless hooks drawn through a shoal of fish to try to impale them
  2. short for fishgig

verb

Word forms:  gigs,  gigging,  gigged
  1. to catch (fish) with a gig

Word Origin

C18: shortened from fishgig

gig3 (ɡɪɡ Pronunciation for gig3 (informal)

Definitions

noun

  1. a job, esp a single booking for a musician, comedian, etc, to perform at a concert or club
  2. the performance itself

verb

Word forms:  gigs,  gigging,  gigged
  1. (intransitive) to perform at a gig or gigs

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin

gig4 (ɡɪɡ Pronunciation for gig4

Definitions

noun

  1. (informal) short for gigabyte

Translations for 'gig'

  • British English: gig A gig is a live performance by someone such as a musician or a comedian. NOUNThe two bands joined forces for a gig.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: show
  • Chinese: 现场演出现現场場演出
  • European Spanish: concierto
  • French: concert
  • German: Gig
  • Italian: spettacolo
  • Japanese: ライブ
  • Korean: 라이브 공연
  • Portuguese: show
  • Spanish: concierto

Example Sentences Including 'gig'

Come the gig , however, there was no more focussed listeners in the room.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I remember playing our first gig , a beach party that happened every year.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
It will be interesting to see whether Stevens also gets a gig on the Canadian team for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey next August.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Ollie had just begun to play with us when our Basque friends Juanjo and Carlos got us our first gig in Palma.
Tomas Graves TUNING UP AT DAWN: A Memoir of Music and Majorca (2004)
Paul Leckie would know where their next gig was taking place.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)
The only thing that keeps me going during this benighted time is the prospect of our jazz gig in Clerkenwell.
Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY (2002)
This gig , unlike many of her visits with her loyal Toronto following, comes complete with band.
Globe and Mail (2003)
VAN MORRISON is to play an exclusive outdoor gig in the grounds of a 16th century country pub in WILTSHIRE.
NME (New Musical Express) (2002)
With six of them on the oars the gig snapped along at ten knots.
Lunnon-Wood, Mike Let Not the Deep

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