Gig or GIG may refer to:
A gig, also called chair or chaise, is a light, two-wheeled sprung cart pulled by one horse.
Gig (Circle Jerks album)
Gig is a live album by the American hardcore punk band the Circle Jerks.
Gig is slang for a musical engagement hired . Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term, short for the word "engagement", now refers to any aspect of performing such as assisting with performance and attending musical performance. More broadly, the term "gigging" means having paid work, being employed.
A gig is sometimes called a "set", referring to the set list of compositions played.
The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes it as "a term commonly applied to a musical engagement of one night's duration only; to undertake such an engagement," (although the term "regular gig" is common in reference to a repeating engagement). The first documented use of this term in this way appears in 1926: Melody Maker 7 September 1926, with the story byline stating, "One Popular Gig Band Makes Use of a Nicely Printed Booklet."
Gig (Northern Pikes album)
Gig is the first live by The Northern Pikes released in 1993. This album was recorded over two nights during the tour to support Neptune. Following the tour, the band would dissolve until reforming in 1999.
The live album is a combination of two "gigs": June 10, 1993 at the Le Spectrum in Montreal and June 11, 1993 at The Music Hall in Toronto. The shows were also released on video in VHS format, but this is long out of print.
The band was supported on the tour by Universal Honey, a band formed by Johnny Sinclair and Leslie Stanwyck both formerly of The Pursuit of Happiness. Leslie Stanwyck joined the band on stage to sing co-vocals on the song "Worlds Away".
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gig \Gig\ (j[i^]g or g[i^]g), n. [Cf. OF. gigue. See Jig, n.] A fiddle. [Obs.]
Gig \Gig\ (g[i^]g), v. t. [Prob. fr. L. gignere to beget.]
To engender. [Obs.]
Gig \Gig\, n. A kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig.
Gig \Gig\, v. t. To fish with a gig.
Gig \Gig\, n. [OE. gigge. Cf. Giglot.] A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
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.]
A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.
Thou disputest like an infant; go, whip thy gig.
A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.
(Naut.) 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.
(Mach.) A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.
Gig machine, Gigging machine, Gig mill, or Napping machine. See Gig, 4.
Gig saw. See Jig saw.
Gig \Gig\, n. 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.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context informal music English) A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role for a musician or performer. 2 (context informal by extension English) Any job; especially one that is temporary; or alternately, one that is very desirable. 3 (context now historical English) A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage. 4 (context archaic English) A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals. 5 (context South England English) A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 6 (context US military English) A demerit received for some infraction of military dress or deportment codes. vb. 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 (context US military English) To impose a demerit for an infraction of a dress or deportment code. Etymology 2
n. (context colloquial computing English) A gigabyte. Etymology 3
n. A playful or wanton girl; a giglot. Etymology 4
vb. To engender.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"light carriage, small boat," 1790, perhaps, on notion of bouncing, from Middle English ghyg "spinning top" (in whyrlegyg, mid-15c.), also "giddy girl" (early 13c., also giglet), from Old Norse geiga "turn sideways," or Danish gig "spinning top."
"job," first used by jazz musicians, attested from 1915 but said to have been in use c.1905; of uncertain origin. As a verb, by 1939. Related: Gigged; gigging.
n. long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
a booking for musicians; "they played a gig in New Jersey"
Usage examples of "gig".
And the aileron and rudder controls, and those which governed the pitch and tune of the rotor blades, by whose combined means the little gig could have been brought down to the surface, were out of operation.
Cassidy was reminded of all the backstage fights he had been part of, back in the days when he still had a band: then the times when he was too fucked up on drugs to go out and play, when Jaime and Amad and the session men would haul him away from the mike and into the wings, demanding to know whether he had broken his vow to stay straight for this one gig.
If I could reach Devizesit is nearer than Calne, and I know some of the London coaches do take that roadonly I shall have a portmanteau to carry, and perhaps a bandbox as well, so Oh, Tom, could you, do you think, take me to Devizes in your gig?
When night came, the gig was called away, and Frank, accompanied by the major, Archie, and the coxswain, was set on shore.
Meantime Alec got better and better, went out with Mr Cupples in the gig, ate like an ogre, drank like a hippopotamus, and was rapidly recovering his former strength.
He, Lam, and Dobler stepped into the gig and it powered back to the ship.
She hoisted the supplies she had collectedfood, water, and some heavier weapons and exited the Fiver to the gig.
Cuffe, as he turned away his face, inadvertently bending his eyes on the Foudroyant, nearly under the stern of which ship his gig lay.
With that kind of bread behind me, I could lay on a whole series of special gigs playing anything that turns you guys on.
Their gig at the Astoria was one of three make-up gigs for the London area.
Jim had been worried about the cost of the project and he had taken pains to point out to Astor that fans would still come to Drachensblut gigs after buying the video, just as they came to live gigs after buying live audio albums.
As well as performing gigs around the local area, the musicians had started putting on shows at the pub.
Astor and his band played three gigs on successive nights, the first at the Astoria and the next two at venues of similar size in neighbouring towns.
He had three gigs lined up over the weekend - a Saturday nighter at the Astoria with the regulars and then two club gigs as a member of a completely different Dead Junkies line-up with another set of local musicians.
The Dead Junkies had a couple of gigs over the weekend and he was expecting a bunch of musicians to descend on his home within the hour for a combined rehearsal and musical strategy session.