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Definitions of gig

gig1 (ɡɪɡ

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

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verb

Word forms:   gigs,  gigging or ,  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

Definitions

noun

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

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verb

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

Word Origin

C18: shortened from fishgig

gig3 (ɡɪɡ (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

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verb

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

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin

gig4 (ɡɪɡ

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'

Paul Leckie would know where their next gig was taking place.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)
With six of them on the oars the gig snapped along at ten knots.
Lunnon-Wood, Mike Let Not the Deep
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)

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