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Definition gig

Etymology 1

From Middle English gige (“fiddle”) and Middle English *gygge (found in Middle English whyrlegygge (“a top, whirligig, a rotating device”)), akin to Old Norse gígja (“fiddle”) and German Geige (“violin”).

Noun

gig (plural gigs)

  1. (informal, music) A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role, especially for a musician or performer.
  2. (informal, by extension) Any job; especially one that is temporary; or alternately, one that is very desirable.
  3. A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
  4. (historical) A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
  5. (Southern England) A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  6. (US, military) A demerit received for some infraction of military dress or deportment codes.
Verb

gig (third-person singular simple present gigs, present participle gigging, simple past and past participle gigged)

  1. To fish or catch with a gig, or fish spear.
  2. To engage in musical performances.
  3. To make fun of; to make a joke at someone's expense, often condescending.
  4. (US, military) To impose a demerit for an infraction of a dress or deportment code.

Etymology 2

Clipping of giga- units

Noun

gig (plural gig or gigs)

  1. (colloquial, computing) A gigabyte.
  2. (slang) Any unit having the SI prefix giga-

Etymology 3

From Middle English gigge, from Old French gigues (“a gay, lively girl”), from Old Norse gikkr (“a pert person”), related to Danish gjæk (“a fool; jester”), Swedish gäck (“a fool; jester; wag”). More at geck.

Noun

gig (plural gigs)

  1. A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.

Etymology 4

Probably from Latin gignere (“to beget”).

Verb

gig (third-person singular simple present gigs, present participle gigging, simple past and past participle gigged)

  1. To engender.

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