- 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.
Related Words for jaginebriety, glow, drunkenness, intoxication, buzz, binge, indulgence, bout, bender
Examples from the Web for jag
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of jag
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
Word Origin for jag
- intoxication from drugs or alcohol
- a bout of drinking or drug taking
- a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag
Word Origin for jag
- informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
- Judge Advocate General
"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.