What does GIG mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gig(noun)

    long and light rowing boat; especially for racing

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance(noun)

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

  3. gig(noun)

    a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting

  4. gig(noun)

    tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain

  5. gig(noun)

    small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood

  6. gig(noun)

    a booking for musicians

    "they played a gig in New Jersey"


  1. Gig(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; as, a one-week gig in Las Vegas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gig(noun)

    a fiddle

  2. Gig(verb)

    to engender

  3. Gig(noun)

    a kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig

  4. Gig(verb)

    to fish with a gig

  5. Gig(noun)

    a playful or wanton girl; a giglot

  6. Gig(noun)

    a top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play

  7. Gig(noun)

    a light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise

  8. Gig(noun)

    a long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig

  9. Gig(noun)

    a rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth

  10. Origin: [Prob. fr. L. gignere to beget.]


  1. Gig

    Gig is slang for a musical engagement in which musicians are hired. Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term, short for the word "engagement", now refers to any aspect of performing such as assisting with performance and attending musical performance. More broadly, the term "gigging" means having paid work, being employed. A gig is sometimes called a "set", referring to the set list of compositions played. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes it as "a term commonly applied to a musical engagement of one night's duration only; to undertake such an engagement,". The first documented use of this term in this way appears in 1926: Melody Maker 7 September 1926, with the story byline stating, "One Popular Gig Band Makes Use of a Nicely Printed Booklet."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gig

    gig, n. a light, two-wheeled carriage: a long, light boat: (U.S.) sport, fun.—v.t. and v.i. Gig′git (U.S.), to convey or move rapidly.—ns. Gig′man, one who drives or keeps a gig—a favourite term of Carlyle's for a narrow philistinism based on the possession of a little more money than others, whence Gig′maness, Gigman′ity, Gig′mānia. [M. E. gigge, a whirling thing (cf. Whirligig); prob. related to Ice. geiga, to turn in a wrong direction. Cf. Jig.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gig

    [SI] See quantifiers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIG in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chris Rock:

    Black women have the hardest gig in show business.

  2. Matthew Marcus:

    Very few truly rely on the gig, it’s tough to take advantage of that speed.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    I’m thinking about running for president. You get a house and a car and a plane. It’s a pretty good gig.

  4. Katy Perry:

    …You know, we all have got our own gig. I'm on tour. I'm, you know we don't need to be overexposed, there's only one American Idol.

  5. Leah Rose Altmann:

    I hope it’s not true, the best-case scenario would be that she’s doing whatever she wants to do. She’s doing a gig and not paying attention to the fact that people are looking for her.

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