American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- 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.
- v. To fish for or catch with a gig.
- v. To catch a fish or frog with a gig.
- n. A demerit given in the military.
- v. To give a military demerit to.
- n. A job, especially a booking for musicians.
- v. To work as a musician: "gigging weekends as a piano player in the ski joints” ( Joel Oppenheimer).
- n. Informal A gigabyte.
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. For mackerel, four large barbless fish-hooks are tied back to back, or secured in that position to a piece of wood on which the fishing-line is bent. When mackerel are schooling alongside a vessel but refuse to bite, the gig is thrown out beyond them, allowed to sink a little, and then jerked quickly through the school. Sometimes several fish are caught at once by this method, which is called
- 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.
- n. colloquial, computing A gigabyte.
- n. informal, music A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role for a musician or performer.
- n. informal, by extension Any job; especially one that is temporary; or alternately, one that is very desirable.
- n. now historical A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
- n. archaic A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
- n. South England 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."
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A fiddle.
- v. obsolete To engender.
- n. A kind of spear or harpoon. See fishgig.
- 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. (Naut.) A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer.
- n. (Mach.) 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.
- 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
- A shortening of gigabyte. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Briefly, Sperry, whose main gig is with the Richard Scaife funded WorldNet Daily, got his piece into the Rupert Murdoch operated Post, and from thence it landed on Rush Limbaugh's desk and in the pages of another Scaife project, FrontPage.”
“They have been floating the one term gig for a long time now.”
“He's been floating the one term gig since he got the nomination.”
“And being able to turn down a gig is a place of strength when bargaining.”
“A "gig" is somewhere you go to listen to loud music, strip to the waist and throw yourself into the mosh pit with gay abandon.”
“In my work as a doula, my gig is that women should have safe, supported birth.”
“Sorry, lame tream media, but the gig is up … .. jane”
“That Palin gig ensures she gets a lot more job offers from the loons in her business.”
“The tea baggers blew this gig from the very start.”
“A forger selling fake tickets to a gig is certainly engaged in an act of copying; but that act of copying differs from copying and redistribution of digital content, because it directly degrades user experience of the gig, while also possibly creating problems for the venue owner.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘gig’.
A list of 3-letter words which cannot be formed by adding a letter to a 2-letter word (see Ken Clark's word lists found at http://www.seattlescrab...
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
The bang, the cannonade,
the bale, the hum.
Buzzwords of our time
With focus on non-classical styles, but not excluding terms of the latter.
Words that are a pain in the ass to type in on a numerical keypad on a cell phone because they have consecutive letters that share the same button:
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Imagine my joy when I was wearing my calculator watch and was first introduced to someone named Leslie - there was exactly enough room on the display for 317537.14.
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Non-frequentative verbs which also have a frequentative form (which you may add to the list “Frequentative”, if you like)
Examples include bob (bobble), busk (bustle), dab (dabble), ho...
If I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat.
Non-standard musical terms.
3 letter words, not the girl band.
boggle and speed scrabble would not be half as fun without them.
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