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[jag] /dʒæg/
a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
verb (used with object), jagged, jagging.
to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
verb (used without object), jagged, jagging.
to move with a jerk; jog.
Origin of jag1
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin
Related forms
jagless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jagging
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  • Roll some of the crust very thin, cut it into narrow strips, with a jagging iron, and lay it on the pie in a fanciful manner.

  • Then roll it out rather more than half an inch thick, and cut it into square cakes with a jagging iron or with a sharp knife.

  • We are still in the age of the houppelande, the time of cut edges, jagging, big sleeves and trailing gowns.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Roll thin, cut in oblong cakes with a jagging iron, or in any way to suit the fancy.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Cut it into long slips with a jagging iron, or with a sharp knife, and twist them into various fantastic shapes.

  • Then he was sorry for the pride of it, and he pulled it down on his face, and whistled to stop his nose from jagging.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • Or you may cut it out into separate cakes with a jagging iron, previous to baking.

  • So exquisite is the sensibility, that to touch a hair of the head or beard, is like the jagging of needles into the body.

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  • It has been known ever since as Goren's Dome, and a good-sized window, jagging the wall, admits one or two lookers at a time.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • She did it in broad strokes, painting the walls of our bedroom with her blood, jagging all night through rant after rant.

British Dictionary definitions for jagging


verb jags, jagging, jagged
(transitive) to cut unevenly; make jagged
(Austral) to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
noun, verb
(Scot) an informal word for jab (sense 3), jab (sense 5)
a jagged notch or projection
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin


noun (slang)
  1. intoxication from drugs or alcohol
  2. a bout of drinking or drug taking
a period of uncontrolled activity: a crying jag
Word Origin
of unknown origin


(informal) a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence


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Word Origin and History for jagging



"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."

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jagging



  1. A drinking spree; bender
  2. A spell or spree of a specified sort: One had a ''crying jag''/ the annual Christmas gift-buying jag

Related Terms

crying jag

[1887+; fr jag, ''a load,'' found by 1597, whence ''as much liquor as a man can drink,'' found by 1678]



A Jaguar automobile (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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