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gig1 / gig/ • n. 1. chiefly hist. a light two-wheeled carriage pulled by one horse. 2. a light, fast, narrow boat adapted for rowing or sailing. • v. [intr.] travel in a gig. gig2 inf. • n. a live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music. ∎  a job, esp. one that is temporary or that has an uncertain future: he secured his first gig as an NFL coach. • v. (gigged , gig·ging ) [intr.] perform a gig or gigs. ∎  [tr.] use (a piece of musical equipment) at a gig. gig3 • n. a harpoonlike device used for catching fish or frogs. • v. (gigged , gig·ging ) [intr.] catch fish or frogs using such a device. gig4 • n. inf. Comput. short for gigabyte.

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A. †flighty girl XIII; †whipping-top XV; †rancy, whim XVI; (dial.) fun, glee; (dial.) odd person, fool XVIII;

B. (in full, gig-mill) machine for raising a nap on cloth XVI; light two-wheeled one-horse carriage; light ship's boat XVIII. All these uses may be referred to the gen. notion of light or quick movement, which is also that of the later JIG; but the history of both words is obscure.

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