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jagged

[jag-id]
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adjective
  1. having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag: the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
  2. having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
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Origin of jagged

1400–50; late Middle English. See jag1, -ed2
Related formsjag·ged·ly, adverbjag·ged·ness, nounun·jag·ged, adjective

jag1

[jag]
noun
  1. a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
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verb (used with object), jagged, jag·ging.
  1. to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
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verb (used without object), jagged, jag·ging.
  1. to move with a jerk; jog.
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Origin of jag1

1350–1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin
Related formsjag·less, adjective
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jagged

adjective
  1. having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
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Derived Formsjaggedly, adverbjaggedness, noun

jag1

jagg

verb jags, jagging or jagged
  1. (tr) to cut unevenly; make jagged
  2. Australian to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
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noun, verb
  1. Scot an informal word for jab (def. 3), jab (def. 5)
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noun
  1. a jagged notch or projection
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Word Origin

C14: of unknown origin

jag2

noun slang
    1. intoxication from drugs or alcohol
    2. a bout of drinking or drug taking
  1. a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag
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Word Origin

of unknown origin

Jag

noun
  1. informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
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JAG

abbreviation for
  1. Judge Advocate General
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Word Origin and History for jagged

adj.

mid-15c., from verb jaggen (c.1400) "to pierce, slash, cut; to notch or nick; cut or tear unevenly," Scottish and northern English, of unknown origin. Originally of garments with regular "toothed" edges; meaning "with the edge irregularly cut" is from 1570s. Related: Jaggedly; jaggedness.

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jag

n.1

"period of unrestrained activity," 1887, American English, perhaps via intermediate sense of "as much drink as a man can hold" (1670s), from earlier meaning "load of hay or wood" (1590s), of unknown origin. Used in U.S. colloquial speech from 1834 to mean "a quantity, a lot."

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jag

n.2

"slash or rend in a garment," c.1400, of unknown origin.

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