- to move or shake with a push or jerk: The horseman jogged the reins lightly.
- to cause to function with a jolt for a moment or in a series of disconnected motions: He jogged the motor and started the machine.
- to push slightly, as to arouse the attention; nudge: She jogged his elbow when she wanted to be introduced to one of his friends.
- to stir or jolt into activity or alertness, as by a hint or reminder: to jog a person's memory.
- to cause (a horse) to go at a steady trot.
- Printing. to align the edges of (a stack of sheets of paper of the same size) by gently tapping.
- to run at a leisurely, slow pace, especially as an outdoor exercise: He jogs two miles every morning to keep in shape.
- to run or ride at a steady trot: They jogged to the stable.
- to move with a jolt or jerk: Her briefcase jogged against her leg as she walked.
- to go or travel with a jolting pace or motion: The clumsy cart jogged down the bumpy road.
- to go in a desultory or humdrum fashion (usually followed by on or along): He just jogged along, getting by however he could.
- a shake; slight push; nudge.
- a steady trot, as of a horse.
- an act, instance, or period of jogging: to go for a jog before breakfast.
- a jogging pace: He approached us at a jog.
Origin of jog1
- an irregularity of line or surface; projection; notch.
- a bend or turn: a country road full of sudden jogs.
- Theater. a narrow flat placed at right angles to another flat to make a corner, used especially in sets representing an interior.
- to bend or turn: The road jogs to the right beyond those trees.
Origin of jog2
Examples from the Web for jogs
On Holy Ground” follows a woman who leaves her family in “rich people territory” and jogs down the mountain to “help the poor.Winter Escapes: Three Short-Story Collections to Sweep You Away
February 2, 2013
In fact, the real hazards I faced—as usual in my jogs—were slippery steps, rocky roads and the occasional bicyclist.Celebrating An Open Jerusalem
September 25, 2012
Doubters subsequently raised questions about this story, ranging from “Who jogs with a gun?”Dogs and Presidential Candidates: Man's Best Friend Dominates the Race
December 18, 2011
Perry, who carries a Ruger .380 handgun in his belt when he jogs, pulled the weapon and shot the coyote dead.Rick Perry Just Might Run
Peter J. Boyer
May 27, 2011
Sarkozy is known for running—television crews often film him, sweaty and uncouth, as he jogs in an NYPD t-shirt.Did Carla Wear Him Out?
July 28, 2009
That is quicker than by diligence, and one has leisure to see the country as he jogs along.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
Not always so patient, however, he jogs James's memory with a hundred remedies.Royal Edinburgh
Esther watches her as she jogs along with a feeling of envy.Red as a Rose is She
Along the road there jogs at the customary trot a horse with a cariole-skyds.Magnhild Dust
For months and years he jogs on with us, a dull and sober-paced pedestrian.Idolatry
- (intr) to run or move slowly or at a jog trot, esp for physical exercise
- (intr; foll by on or along) to continue in a plodding way
- (tr) to jar or nudge slightly; shake lightly
- (tr) to remind; stimulateplease jog my memory
- (tr) printing to even up the edges of (a stack of paper); square up
- the act of jogging
- a slight jar or nudge
- a jogging motion; trot
- a sharp protruding point in a surface; jag
- a sudden change in course or direction
Word Origin and History for jogs
1540s, "to shake up and down," perhaps altered from Middle English shoggen "to shake, jolt, move with a jerk" (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. Meanings "shake," "stir up by hint or push," and "walk or ride with a jolting pace" are from 16c. The main modern sense in reference to running as training mostly dates from 1948; at first a regimen for athletes, it became a popular fad c.1967. Perhaps this sense is extended from its use in horsemanship.
Jogging. The act of exercising, or working a horse to keep him in condition, or to prepare him for a race. There is no development in jogging, and it is wholly a preliminary exercise to bring the muscular organization to the point of sustained, determined action. [Samuel L. Boardman, "Handbook of the Turf," New York, 1910]
Related: Jogged; jogging. As a noun from 1610s.