noun \ˈjig\

Definition of JIG

a :  any of several lively springy dances in triple rhythm
b :  music to which a jig may be danced
:  trick, game —used chiefly in the phrase the jig is up
a :  any of several fishing devices that are jerked up and down or drawn through the water
b :  a device used to maintain mechanically the correct positional relationship between a piece of work and the tool or between parts of work during assembly
c :  a device in which crushed ore is concentrated or coal is cleaned by agitating in water
in jig time
:  in a short time :  quickly

Origin of JIG

perhaps from Middle French giguer to frolic, from gigue fiddle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German gīga fiddle; akin to Old Norse geiga to turn aside
First Known Use: circa 1560

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw

Rhymes with JIG



: to move with quick sudden movements

: to dance a jig


Full Definition of JIG

intransitive verb
a :  to move with rapid jerky motions
b :  to dance a jig
:  to fish with a jig
transitive verb
:  to dance in the rapid lively manner of a jig
a :  to give a rapid jerky motion to
b :  to separate (a mineral or ore from waste) with a jig
:  to catch (a fish) with a jig
:  to machine by means of a jig-controlled tool operation

Examples of JIG

  1. We jigged to the fiddle music.
  2. <the mother could tell that her little boy had to use the bathroom because he was jigging>

First Known Use of JIG




Definition of JIG

usually offensive
:  black 4

Origin of JIG

short for jigaboo black person
First Known Use: 1927


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Previous Word in the Dictionary: jiffy
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