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jig

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noun \ˈjig\

Definition of jig

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

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

  3. 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

  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


First Known Use: circa 1560

Other Dance Terms


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jig

verb

Definition of jig

jigged

jigging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to move with rapid jerky motions b :  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. 2 a :  to give a rapid jerky motion to b :  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

usually offensive

  1. :  black 4

Origin and Etymology of jig

short for jigaboo black person


First Known Use: 1927



JIG Defined for English Language Learners


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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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