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trig1

[trig] /trɪg/
noun, Informal.
Origin of trig1
by shortening

trig2

[trig] /trɪg/
adjective, Chiefly British.
1.
neat, trim, smart, or spruce.
2.
in good physical condition; sound; well.
verb (used with object), trigged, trigging.
3.
Chiefly British Dialect. to make trim, smart, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin
1150-1200 for earlier sense; 1505-15 for def 1; Middle English trigg true, trusty < Old Norse tryggr loyal, safe; cognate with Gothic triggws true, faithful. See true
Related forms
trigness, noun
Synonyms
1. tidy, orderly.

trig3

[trig] /trɪg/
verb (used with object), trigged, trigging. Dialect.
1.
to support or prop, as with a wedge.
2.
to act as a check on (the moving of wheels, vehicles, etc.).
noun
3.
a wedge or block used to prevent a wheel, cask, or the like, from rolling.
Origin
First recorded in 1585-95, trig is from the Old Norse word tryggja to make fast, secure
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  • The schooner was as newly painted and trig as if fresh from the ways.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Smithers is an ass with the theodolite, and Hedger's 'trig' is rotten.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • But, under the cool, keen regard of the trig maid, of course he upset the milk.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Jane was a trig, neat body; small, as the coast girls often are—I wonder why?

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Is it possible that I once agonized over this trig little man?

  • The dinner, which was elaborate, was served by two trig maids.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant
  • Mrs. McChesney's trig little suits had cost fifty dollars, and had looked sixty.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for trig

trig1

/trɪɡ/
adjective
1.
neat or spruce
verb trigs, trigging, trigged
2.
to make or become trim or spruce
Derived Forms
trigly, adverb
trigness, noun
Word Origin
C12 (originally: trusty): of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tryggr true

trig2

/trɪɡ/
noun
1.
a wedge or prop
verb (transitive) trigs, trigging, trigged
2.
to block or stop
3.
to prop or support
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse tryggja to make secure; see trig1

trig.

abbreviation
1.
trigonometrical
2.
trigonometry
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Word Origin and History for trig
adj.

"smart, trim," c.1200, from Old Norse tryggr "firm, trusty, true" (see true (adj.)). A Scottish and northern word only until 19c.

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