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jig

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noun \ˈjig\

Definition of jig

  1. 1a :  any of several lively springy dances in triple rhythmb :  music to which a jig may be danced

  2. 2 :  trick, game —used chiefly in the phrase the jig is up

  3. 3a :  any of several fishing devices that are jerked up and down or drawn through the waterb :  a device used to maintain mechanically the correct positional relationship between a piece of work and the tool or between parts of work during assemblyc :  a device in which crushed ore is concentrated or coal is cleaned by agitating in water

in jig time

  1. :  in a short time :  quickly

Origin and Etymology 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

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jig

verb

Definition of jig

jigged

;

jigging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move with rapid jerky motionsb :  to dance a jig

  3. 2 :  to fish with a jig

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to dance in the rapid lively manner of a jig

  6. 2a :  to give a rapid jerky motion tob :  to separate (a mineral or ore from waste) with a jig

  7. 3 :  to catch (a fish) with a jig

  8. 4 :  to machine by means of a jig-controlled tool operation

Examples of jig in a Sentence

  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

1604

First Known Use of jig

1604


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jig

noun

Definition of jig

slang, disparaging + offensive

  1. :  black 4

Origin and Etymology of jig

short for jigaboo black person



JIG Defined for English Language Learners

jig

verb

Definition of jig for English Language Learners

  • : to move with quick sudden movements

  • : to dance a jig


JIG Defined for Kids

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jig

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noun \ˈjig\

Definition of jig for Students

  1. 1 :  a lively dance

  2. 2 :  music for a lively dance

  3. 3 :  a dishonest act Jig's up, Roy thought glumly. No way he won't notice they're fake. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot


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jig

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verb

Definition of jig for Students

jigged

;

jigging

  1. 1 :  to dance a jig

  2. 2 :  to move with quick sudden motions He jigged his fishing line.



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