- 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
Examples from the Web for jags
Prescott flaunted the perks of office, being dubbed “Two Jags Prescott” because he owned two Jaguar luxury sedans.The U.K. Phone-Hacking Bungle
February 10, 2011
They were clad in "rags and jags," and the face of the eldest was in "jags" also.
I envied them; they fancied I looked askance at their rags and jags.
My dress showed no stain, the weather had not battered it; there was no rent, no rags and jags.
She points at the grizzly rocks, with their jags and spear-points.Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals
Charles Edward Stowe
In six months she'd be a scare-crow, 'ands like sut, and 'air all jags.
- (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 jags
"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.