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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun Gig has 6 senses


Gign. [Cf. OF. gigue. See Jig, n.].
     A fiddle.  [1913 Webster]
Gigv. t. [Prob. fr. L. gignere to beget.].
     To engender.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]
     A kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig.  [1913 Webster]
Gigv. t. 
     To fish with a gig.  [1913 Webster]
Gign. [OE. gigge. Cf. Giglot.].
     A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.  [1913 Webster]
Gign. [Cf. Icel. g fiddle, MHG. g, G. geige, Icel. geiga to take a wrong direction, rove at random, and E. jig.].
  •  A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou disputest like an infant; go, whip thy gig."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.  [1913 Webster]
Gig machine, Gigging machine, Gig mill, or Napping machine. See Gig, 4. -- Gig saw. See Jig saw.
     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.  [PJC]


Gig, n.
1 a light two-wheeled one-horse carriage.
2 a light ship's boat for rowing or sailing.
3 a rowing-boat esp. for racing.

Gig, n. & v. colloq.
--n. an engagement of an entertainer, esp. of musicians to play jazz or dance music, usu. for a single appearance.
--v.intr. (gigged, gigging) perform a gig.

Gig, n. a kind of fishing-spear.

short for fizgig, fishgig: cf. Sp. fisga harpoon



angle, appointment, bait the hook, berth, billet, bob, clam, dap, dib, dibble, drive, employment, engagement, fish, fly-fish, go fishing, grig, guddle, incumbency, jack, jacklight, jig, job, moonlighting, net, office, opening, place, position, post, second job, seine, service, shrimp, situation, spin, station, still-fish, tenure, torch, trawl, troll, vacancy, whale




N ship, vessel, sail, craft, bottom, navy, marine, fleet, flotilla, shipping, man of war, transport, tender, storeship, merchant ship, merchantman, packet, liner, whaler, slaver, collier, coaster, lighter, fishing boat, pilot boat, trawler, hulk, yacht, baggala, floating hotel, floating palace, ocean greyhound, ship, bark, barque, brig, snow, hermaphrodite brig, brigantine, barkantine, schooner, topsail schooner, for and aft schooner, three masted schooner, chasse-maree, sloop, cutter, corvette, clipper, foist, yawl, dandy, ketch, smack, lugger, barge, hoy, cat, buss, sailer, sailing vessel, windjammer, steamer, steamboat, steamship, liner, ocean liner, cruiseship, ship of the line, mail steamer, paddle steamer, screw steamer, tug, line of steamers, destroyer, cruiser, frigate, landing ship, LST, aircraft carrier, carrier, flattop, nuclear powered carrier, submarine, submersible, atomic submarine, boat, pinnace, launch, life boat, long boat, jolly boat, bum boat, fly boat, cock boat, ferry boat, canal boat, swamp boat, ark, bully, battery, bateau, broadhorn, dory, droger, drogher, dugout, durham boat, flatboat, galiot, shallop, gig, funny, skiff, dingy, scow, cockleshell, wherry, coble, punt, cog, kedge, lerret, eight oar, four oar, pair oar, randan, outrigger, float, raft, pontoon, prame, iceboat, ice canoe, ice yacht, catamaran, hydroplane, hovercraft, coracle, gondola, carvel, caravel, felucca, caique, canoe, birch bark canoe, dugout canoe, galley, galleyfoist, bilander, dogger, hooker, howker, argosy, carack, galliass, galleon, polacca, polacre, tartane, junk, lorcha, praam, proa, prahu, saick, sampan, xebec, dhow, dahabeah, nuggah, kayak, keel boat, log canoe, pirogue, quadrireme, trireme, stern-wheeler, wanigan, wangan, wharf boat, balloon, airship, aeroplane, biplane, monoplane, triplane, hydroplane, aerodrome, air balloon, pilot balloon, fire balloon, dirigible, zeppelin, aerostat, Montgolfier, kite, parachute, jet plane, rocket plane, jet liner, turbojet, prop-jet, propeller plane, corporate plane, corporate jet, private plane, private aviation, airline, common carrier, fighter, bomber, fighter-bomber, escort plane, spy plane, supersonic aircraft, subsonic aircraft, afloat, aboard, on board, on ship board, hard a lee, hard a port, hard a starboard, hard a weather.

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