gig vs spear what difference

what is difference between gig and spear

English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: gĭg, IPA(key): /ɡɪɡ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡ

Etymology 1

Of uncertain origin. According to one theory, from Middle English gige (fiddle) and Middle English *gygge (found in Middle English whyrlegygge (a top, whirligig, a rotating device)), akin to Old Norse gígja (fiddle) and German Geige (violin). The earliest usage of the word gig in the sense of “any, usual temporary, paid job” found by linguist Geoffrey Nunberg is from a 1952 piece by Jack Kerouac about his gig as a part-time brakeman for the Southern Pacific railroad.

Noun

gig (plural gigs)

  1. (informal, music) A performing engagement by a musical group; or, generally, any job or role, especially 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?
  2. (informal, by extension) Any job, especially one that is temporary.
    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.
  3. (archaic, slang) Fun; frolics; a spree.
    • 1820, Randall’s Diary
      In search of lark, or some delicious gig, / The mind delights on, when ’tis in prime twig.
  4. A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
    Synonym: leister
  5. (historical) A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
    • 1868, The Family Herald
      Years ago the cravers for sensation were delighted with the real gig and horse with the aid of which Mr. Thurtell murdered Mr. Weare.
    • 1967, William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Vintage 2004, page 77:
      the room grew stifling warm and vapor clung to the windowpanes, blurring the throng of people still milling outside the courthouse, a row of tethered gigs and buggies, distant pine trees in a scrawny, ragged grove.
  6. (Southern England, nautical) A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  7. (nautical) An open boat used to transport the captain of a ship, the captain’s gig.
  8. (US, military) A demerit received for some infraction of military dress or deportment codes.
    I received gigs for having buttons undone.
Derived terms
  • gigful
  • gig-goer
Translations
References
  • (fun, frolics): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

Verb

gig (third-person singular simple present gigs, present participle gigging, simple past and past participle gigged)

  1. To fish or catch with a gig, or fish spear.
  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.
  4. (US, military) To impose a demerit for an infraction of a dress or deportment code.
    His sergeant gigged him for an unmade bunk.
Translations

Derived terms

  • gigster

References

Etymology 2

Clipping of giga-, as in gigabyte, gigaunit, etc.

Noun

gig (plural gig or gigs)

  1. (colloquial, computing) Clipped form of gigabyte.
    This picture is almost a gig; don’t you wanna resize it?
    My new computer has over 500 gigs of hard drive space.
  2. (slang) Any unit having the SI prefix giga-
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle English gigge, from Old French gigues (a gay, lively girl), from Old Norse gikkr (a pert person), related to Danish gjæk (a fool; jester), Swedish gäck (a fool; jester; wag). More at geck.

Noun

gig (plural gigs)

  1. (obsolete) A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
Synonyms
  • fizgig
  • giglot

Etymology 4

Probably from Latin gignere (to beget).

Verb

gig (third-person singular simple present gigs, present participle gigging, simple past and past participle gigged)

  1. To engender.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

References

  • “gig”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • gig on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • IgG, igg

Sumerian

Romanization

gig

  1. Romanization of ???? (gig)

Welsh

Noun

gig

  1. Soft mutation of cig (meat).

Mutation


Zhuang

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /kik˧/
  • Tone numbers: gig8
  • Hyphenation: gig

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Chinese (MC ɡɨk̚).

Adverb

gig (Sawndip form , old orthography gig)

  1. extremely; highly; very

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Chinese (MC kek̚).

Verb

gig (old orthography gig)

  1. to provoke; to agitate


English

Etymology

From Middle English spere, sperre, spear, from Old English spere, from Proto-West Germanic *speru, from Proto-Germanic *speru, from Proto-Indo-European *sperH-.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /spɪə̯(ɹ)/
  • (Canada, US) IPA(key): /spɪɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Noun

spear (plural spears)

  1. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.
  2. (now chiefly historical) A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 187:
      Two of the four spears came directly from Lady Margaret’s staff. One was her great-nephew Maurice St John […].
  3. A lance with barbed prongs, used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
  4. (ice hockey) An illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player.
  5. (wrestling) In professional wrestling, a running tackle in which the wrestler’s shoulder is driven into the opponent’s midsection.
  6. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
  7. The feather of a horse.
  8. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
  9. A long, thin strip from a vegetable.
    asparagus and broccoli spears

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • assegai, assagai, assagaie, assagay, assegay, azagaia, hassagay, hassaguay, zagaie, zagaye
  • atlatl
  • bayonet
  • harpoon
  • javelin
  • joust
  • lance
  • pike
  • spit, used to grill food on fire
  • woomera

Verb

spear (third-person singular simple present spears, present participle spearing, simple past and past participle speared)

  1. (transitive) To pierce with a spear.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object; to make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device.
    • 2003, Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler, Who’s who in Hockey
      Former teammate Derek Sanderson recalls that Maki hit Ted from behind as Green was clearing the puck from the Boston zone. Green turned to knock Maki down, but Maki speared him as he rose from the ice.
  3. (gridiron football) To tackle an opponent by ramming into them with one’s helmet.
  4. (intransitive) To shoot into a long stem, as some plants do.

Translations

Adjective

spear (not comparable)

  1. Male.
    a spear counterpart
    • 2018, A Very English Scandal (TV series) (episode 1)
      When I was young, I was so desperate I’d go looking on the spear side.
  2. Pertaining to male family members.
    the spear side of the family

Antonyms

  • distaff

Anagrams

  • Asper, Earps, Pears, Peras, RESPA, Rapes, Spera, apers, apres, après, après-, aprés, as per, asper, pares, parse, pears, prase, presa, præs., rapes, reaps, sarpe, spare

Middle English

Noun

spear

  1. Alternative form of spere (spear)

West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian spere, spiri, from Proto-West Germanic *speru, from Proto-Germanic *speru.

Noun

spear c (plural spearen, diminutive spearke)

  1. spear

Further reading

  • “spear”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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