jig

noun (1)
\ ˈjig \

Definition of jig 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : any of several lively springy dances in triple rhythm

b : music to which a jig may be danced

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

3a : 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

jig

verb
jigged; jigging

Definition of jig (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to move with rapid jerky motions

b : to dance a jig

2 : to fish with a jig

transitive verb

1 : to dance in the rapid lively manner of a jig

2a : to give a rapid jerky motion to

b : to separate (a mineral or ore from waste) with a jig

3 : to catch (a fish) with a jig

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

jig

noun (2)

Definition of jig (Entry 3 of 3)

slang, disparaging + offensive

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Examples of jig in a Sentence

Verb

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

First Known Use of jig

Noun (1)

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for jig

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

short for jigaboo black person

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Dictionary Entries near jig

jiffle

jiffy

Jiffy bag

jig

jigaboo

jig-a-jig

jigamaree

Phrases Related to jig

the jig is up

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Time Traveler for jig

The first known use of jig was circa 1560

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More Definitions for jig

jig

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jig

: to move with quick sudden movements

: to dance a jig

jig

noun
\ ˈjig \

Kids Definition of jig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lively dance

2 : music for a lively dance

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

jig

verb
jigged; jigging

Kids Definition of jig (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to dance a jig

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

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