from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.
- n. Nautical A long light ship's boat, usually reserved for use by the ship's captain.
- n. Nautical A fast light rowboat.
- n. An object that whirls.
- n. Games A three-digit selection in a numbers game.
- intransitive v. To ride in a gig.
- n. An arrangement of barbless hooks that is dragged through a school of fish to hook them in their bodies.
- n. A pronged spear for fishing or catching frogs.
- transitive v. To fish for or catch with a gig.
- intransitive v. To catch a fish or frog with a gig.
- n. A demerit given in the military.
- transitive v. To give a military demerit to.
- n. A job, especially a booking for musicians.
- intransitive v. To work as a musician: "gigging weekends as a piano player in the ski joints” ( Joel Oppenheimer).
- n. Informal A gigabyte.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role for a musician or performer.
- n. Any job; especially one that is temporary; or alternately, one that is very desirable.
- n. A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
- n. A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
- n. A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
- v. To catch with a gig.
- v. To engage in musical performances.
- v. To make fun of; to make a joke at someone's expense, often condescending.
- v. To impose a demerit for an infraction of a U.S. Military dress or deportment code" as in: "His Sergeant gigged him for an unmade bunk."
- n. A gigabyte.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fiddle.
- transitive v. To engender.
- n. A kind of spear or harpoon. See fishgig.
- transitive v. To fish with a gig.
- n. A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
- n. A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.
- n. A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.
- n. A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer.
- n. A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.
- n. A job for a specified, usually short period of time; -- used especially for the temporary engagements of an entertainer, such as a jazz musician or a rock group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fiddle.
- n. A whirling or rustling sound, as that made by the blowing of wind through the branches of trees.
- n. Something that is whirled or moves or acts with rapidity and ease. Specifically — A top; a whirligig.
- n. A light carriage with one pair of wheels and drawn by one horse; a one-horse chaise.
- n. Nautical, a long narrow rowing-boat, very lightly built, adapted for racing; also, a ship's boat suited for fast rowing, and generally furnished with sails: in the United States navy, a single-banked boat, usually pulling six oars, devoted to the use of the commanding officer.
- n. A machine consisting of rotatory cylinders covered with wire teeth for teazeling woolen cloth. See gigging-machine.
- n. Sport; fun; lively time.
- To move up and down or spin round; wriggle.
- To fasten the leather strap to the shield.
- In machinery, to use a gig or gigging-machine. See gig, n., 3 .
- To move lightly or rapidly; impart a free, easy motion to.
- n. A fishing-spear; a fishgig.
- n. A device for taking fish, a kind of pulldevil designed to be dragged through the water.
- To spear with a gig, as a fish.
- To fish with a gig or fishgig.
- n. A wanton, silly girl; a flighty person. See giglet.
- To engender.
- n. In machine-shop practice, a portable appliance for holding a piece of metal upon a machine and presenting it, successively, in two or more positions, to the cutting-tools: also used to assist in guiding the tools to the work. It is made in many forms and is used upon a great variety of machines. It is commonly employed in making standard parts of machines, tools, or motors.
- n. In policy, a special combination of three numbers. See policy, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
- n. a booking for musicians
- n. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
- n. small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
- n. a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
- n. long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
Perhaps from obsolete gig, spinning top, from Middle English gyg-, possibly of Scandinavian origin.
Short for fishgig.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to Old Norse gigia ("fiddle") and German Geige ("violin"). (Wiktionary)
A shortening of gigabyte. (Wiktionary)