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jag

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

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1350–1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM jag

jagless, adjective

Other definitions for jag (2 of 3)

jag2
[ jag ]
/ dʒæg /

noun
a period of unrestrained indulgence in an activity; spree; binge: a crying jag; a talking jag.
a state of intoxication from liquor.
Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. a load, as of hay or wood.

Origin of jag

2
1590–1600; perhaps originally load of broom or furze (compare Old English ceacga broom, furze)

Other definitions for jag (3 of 3)

J.A.G.

or JAG


abbreviation
Judge Advocate General.
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British Dictionary definitions for jag (1 of 4)

jag1

jagg

/ (dʒæɡ) /

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

Word Origin for jag

C14: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jag (2 of 4)

jag2
/ (dʒæɡ) /

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

Word Origin for jag

of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jag (3 of 4)

Jag
/ (dʒæɡ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for jag (4 of 4)

JAG

abbreviation for
Judge Advocate General
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