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jig

noun \ ˈjig \

Definition of jig

1 a : 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
3 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 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

First Known Use: circa 1560

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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jig

verb

Definition of jig

jigged; jigging
1 a : to move with rapid jerky motions
b : to dance a jig
2 : to fish with a jig
1 : to dance in the rapid lively manner of a jig
2 a : 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

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


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jig

noun

Definition of jig

slang, disparaging + offensive
: black 4

Origin and Etymology of jig

short for jigaboo black person

First Known Use: 1927

in the meaning defined above



JIG Defined for English Language Learners

jig

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

noun \ ˈjig \

Definition of jig for Students

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

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jig

verb

Definition of jig for Students

jigged; jigging
1 : to dance a jig
2 : to move with quick sudden motions
  • He jigged his fishing line.


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