jag

1
[jag]
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.
verb (used without object), jagged, jag·ging.
  1. to move with a jerk; jog.

Origin of jag

1
1350–1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin
Related formsjag·less, adjective

jag

2
[jag]
noun
  1. a period of unrestrained indulgence in an activity; spree; binge: a crying jag; a talking jag.
  2. a state of intoxication from liquor.
  3. Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. a load, as of hay or wood.

Origin of jag

2
1590–1600; perhaps orig. load of broom or furze (compare Old English ceacga broom, furze)
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Contemporary Examples of jags

  • Prescott flaunted the perks of office, being dubbed “Two Jags Prescott” because he owned two Jaguar luxury sedans.

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    Clive Irving

    February 10, 2011

Historical Examples of jags


British Dictionary definitions for jags

jag

1

jagg

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

Word Origin for jag

C14: of unknown origin

jag

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

Word Origin for jag

of unknown origin

Jag

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

JAG

abbreviation for
  1. Judge Advocate General
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Word Origin and History for jags

jag

n.1

"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."

jag

n.2

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

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