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  1. a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
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verb (used with object), jagged, jag·ging.
  1. to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
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verb (used without object), jagged, jag·ging.
  1. to move with a jerk; jog.
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Origin of jag1

1350–1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin
Related formsjag·less, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It has been known ever since as Goren's Dome, and a good-sized window, jagging the wall, admits one or two lookers at a time.

    Idle Hour Stories

    Eugenia Dunlap Potts

  • Cut it into long slips with a jagging iron, or with a sharp knife, and twist them into various fantastic shapes.

  • Then roll it out rather more than half an inch thick, and cut it into square cakes with a jagging iron or with a sharp knife.

  • Or you may cut it out into separate cakes with a jagging iron, previous to baking.

  • Roll thin, cut in oblong cakes with a jagging iron, or in any way to suit the fancy.

    The Golden Age Cook Book

    Henrietta Latham Dwight

British Dictionary definitions for jagging



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

C14: of unknown origin


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

of unknown origin


  1. informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
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abbreviation for
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Word Origin and History for jagging



"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."

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"slash or rend in a garment," c.1400, of unknown origin.

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