gig
I. noun Etymology: Middle English -gyge (in whyrlegyge whirligig), of unknown origin Date: 1570 1. something that whirls or is whirled: as a. obsolete top, whirligig b. a 3-digit selection in a numbers game 2. a person of odd or grotesque appearance 3. a. a long light ship's boat b. a rowboat designed for speed rather than for work 4. a light 2-wheeled one-horse carriage II. intransitive verb (gigged; gigging) Date: 1807 to travel in a gig III. noun Etymology: short for earlier fizgig, fishgig, of unknown origin Date: 1722 1. a pronged spear for catching fish 2. an arrangement of hooks to be drawn through a school of fish in order to hook their bodies IV. verb (gigged; gigging) Date: 1803 transitive verb 1. to spear with a gig 2. a. chiefly West spur, jab b. goad, provoke intransitive verb to fish with a gig V. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1926 a job usually for a specified time; especially an entertainer's engagement VI. intransitive verb (gigged; gigging) Date: 1939 to work as a musician <
gigged with various bands — Downbeat
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VII. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1941 a military demerit VIII. transitive verb (gigged; gigging) Date: circa 1941 to give a military gig to IX. noun Date: 1987 gigabyte

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  • Gig — * Gig (musical performance), live performance by a musician or other performer ** Temporary work, by extension * Gig, a trident or three pronged spear * Gigging, the practice of hunting flounder or frogs with a gig * Captain s gig, a boat used on …   Wikipedia

  • gig — GIG, giguri, s.n. Val mare de pânză. – magh. vég. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DLRM  GIG, giguri, s.n. Ambarcaţie sportivă cu scaune rulante, folosită la învăţarea canotajului. – Din engl. gig. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98 … …   Dicționar Român

  • gig — gig1 [gig] n. [ME gigge, whirligig, prob. < Scand, as in Dan gig, whirling object, top, Norw dial. giga, to shake, totter < IE * gheigh < base * ghei , to gape > GAPE, GIGGLE] 1. a light, two wheeled, open carriage drawn by one horse… …   English World dictionary

  • Gig — Gig, n. [Cf. Icel. g[imac]gja fiddle, MHG. g[imac]ge, G. geige, Icel. geiga to take a wrong direction, rove at random, and E. jig.] 1. A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play. [1913 Webster] Thou disputest like an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gig — ist die Abkürzung für: Flughafen Rio de Janeiro Antônio Carlos Jobim in Brasilien als IATA Code Global Information Grid Gesellschaft für internationale Geldgeschichte, eine gemeinnützige Forschungsgesellschaft, gegründet 1965 GiG Records, ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • GIG — ist die Abkürzung für: Flughafen Rio de Janeiro Antônio Carlos Jobim in Brasilien als IATA Code Global Information Grid Gesellschaft für internationale Geldgeschichte, eine gemeinnützige Forschungsgesellschaft, gegründet 1965 Gesellschaft für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • GiG — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Gig, un concert pirate de la chanteuse Bjork ; Gig, abréviation qui signifie familièrement un gigaoctets, soit 1 milliard d octets le plus souvent.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • GIG — ⇒GIG, subst. masc. A. Vx. Cabriolet bourgeois à deux roues; voiture de chasse. (Ds LITTRÉ et Lar. 19e 20e). B. Rare. Barque légère à fond plat et aux extrémités en pointe, avançant au moyen d avirons et d une voile, utilisée en Angleterre par les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gig — ⇒GIG, subst. masc. A. Vx. Cabriolet bourgeois à deux roues; voiture de chasse. (Ds LITTRÉ et Lar. 19e 20e). B. Rare. Barque légère à fond plat et aux extrémités en pointe, avançant au moyen d avirons et d une voile, utilisée en Angleterre par les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gig — [gɪg] noun [countable] informal 1. JOBS a job, especially one that does not last for a long time: • Working for a TV show is a pretty good gig. 2. COMPUTING a gigabyte: • a 2 gig memory …   Financial and business terms

  • Gig — Sf Ruderboot des Kapitäns per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. gig leichtes Boot , das auch leichter Wagen bedeuten kann. Weitere Herkunft unklar.    Ebenso nndl. gig, ne. gig, nfrz. gig, giek, nschw. gigg, nnorw. gigg. ✎… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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