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Definition of jig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


jigged; jigging

Definition of jig (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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


circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jig. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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


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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