Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A demerit given in the military.
  • transitive verb To give a military demerit to.
  • noun A gigabyte.
  • noun A job, especially a booking for musicians.
  • intransitive verb To work as a musician.
  • noun An arrangement of barbless hooks that is dragged through a school of fish to hook them in their bodies.
  • noun A pronged spear for fishing or catching frogs.
  • intransitive verb To fish for or catch with a gig.
  • intransitive verb To catch a fish or frog with a gig.
  • noun A light, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.
  • noun A long light ship's boat, usually reserved for use by the ship's captain.
  • noun A fast light rowboat.
  • noun An object that whirls.
  • noun Games A three-digit selection in a numbers game.
  • intransitive verb To ride in a gig.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A wanton, silly girl; a flighty person. See giglet.
  • To engender.
  • noun A fishing-spear; a fishgig.
  • noun A device for taking fish, a kind of pulldevil designed to be dragged through the water.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In policy, a special combination of three numbers. See policy, 3.
  • noun A fiddle.
  • noun A whirling or rustling sound, as that made by the blowing of wind through the branches of trees.
  • noun Something that is whirled or moves or acts with rapidity and ease. Specifically — A top; a whirligig.
  • noun A light carriage with one pair of wheels and drawn by one horse; a one-horse chaise.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A machine consisting of rotatory cylinders covered with wire teeth for teazeling woolen cloth. See gigging-machine.
  • noun Sport; fun; lively time.
  • To spear with a gig, as a fish.
  • To fish with a gig or fishgig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To engender.
  • noun A kind of spear or harpoon. See fishgig.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.
  • noun A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.
  • noun (Naut.) A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer.
  • noun (Mach.) A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.
  • noun See Gig, 4.
  • noun See Jig saw.
  • noun obsolete A fiddle.
  • transitive verb To fish with a gig.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for fishgig.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from obsolete gig, spinning top, from Middle English gyg-, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Akin to Old Norse gigia ("fiddle") and German Geige ("violin").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A shortening of gigabyte.

Examples

  • 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.

    Tet II - Another ring of Hell

  • 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.

    Archive 2004-03-01

  • 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.

    Why We Fight

  • 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.

    Speaking of lists...

  • They have been floating the one term gig for a long time now.

    Top McCain Adviser: Palin Will Learn National Security From McCain Before He Keels Over

  • He's been floating the one term gig since he got the nomination.

    Election Central Sunday Roundup

  • And being able to turn down a gig is a place of strength when bargaining.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • 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.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • 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.

    "Say 'Jeez'!"

  • In my work as a doula, my gig is that women should have safe, supported birth.

    A Good Birth | Her Bad Mother

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  • "A Gig, is a long narrow boat, used for expedition, generally rowed with six or eight oars, and is mostly the private property of the captain, or commander."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 47

    A quite different usage on barouche.

    October 11, 2008

  • Growing numbers of Americans no longer hold a regular “job” with a long-term connection to a particular business. Instead, they work “gigs” where they are employed on a particular task or for a defined time, with little more connection to their employer than a consumer has with a particular brand of chips. Borrowed from the music industry, the word “gig” has been applied to all sorts of flexible employment (otherwise referred to as “contingent labor,” “temp labor,” or the “precariat”). Some have praised the rise of the gig economy for freeing workers from the grip of employers’ “internal labor markets,” where career advancement is tied to a particular business instead of competitive bidding between employers. Rather than being driven by worker preferences, however, the rise of the gig economy comes from employers’ drive to lower costs, especially during business downturns. Gig workers experience greater insecurity than workers in traditional jobs and suffer from lack of access to established systems of social insurance.
    Gerald Friedman, The Rise of the Gig Economy, Dollars & Sense, March/April 2014

    April 6, 2016