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1 long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
2 an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish [syn: spear, fizgig, fishgig, lance]
3 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 tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
5 small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
6 a booking for musicians; "they played a gig in New Jersey" [also: gigging, gigged]

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  • , /ɡɪɡ/, /gIg/
    Rhymes with: -ɪɡ


  1. A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
  2. A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
  3. informal music A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role for a musician or performer.
    I caught one of the Rolling Stones' first gigs in Richmond.
    Hey, when are we gonna get that hotel gig again?
    Our guitar player had another gig so we had to get a sub.
  4. (by extension) Any job; especially one that is temporary, or alternately, very desirable.
    I had this gig as a file clerk but it wasn't my style so I left.
    Hey, that guy's got a great gig over at the bike shop. He hardly works all day!
  5. A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


archaic: two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
archaic: forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals
  • Finnish: atrain
performing engagement by a musical group
  • Finnish: keikka


  1. To catch with a gig.
  2. To engage in musical performances.
    The Stones were gigging around Richmond at the time
  3. To make fun of; to make a joke at someone's expense, often condescending.
    His older cousin was just gigging him about being in love with that girl from school.


to catch with a gig
to engage in musical performances
  • Finnish: keikkailla
to make fun of
  • Finnish: kiusata

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GIG may refer to:
gig in German: Gig
gig in French: Gig
gig in Japanese: ギグ
gig in Polish: Gig

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