- a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
- to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
- to move with a jerk; jog.
Origin of jag1
- 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 jag2
- Judge Advocate General.
Examples from the Web for jag
He returned to TV in Chicago Hope, before landing NCIS, a spinoff from JAG in 2003, playing Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.NCIS’s Mark Harmon Is the World’s Biggest TV Star
September 23, 2014
Yes—I suppose when I told you the truth, it must have been a bit of a jag for you.The White Lie
William Le Queux
Apparently he has been on the jag all the week, and to-day's booze finished him off.The Green Rust
He had set his mind on a “jag” of the worst description—to drink and forget.Colorado Jim
They had a little "jag" of meal in a bag, a piece of sidemeat, and a half-dozen chickens.Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6)
But what can they do when they find a bloke paradin' the streets with a jag on?Tramping with Tramps
- (tr) to cut unevenly; make jagged
- Australian to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
- a jagged notch or projection
- intoxication from drugs or alcohol
- a bout of drinking or drug taking
- a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag
- informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
- Judge Advocate General
Word Origin and History for jag
"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.