- Machinery. a plate, box, or open frame for holding work and for guiding a machine tool to the work, used especially for locating and spacing drilled holes; fixture.
- Angling. any of several devices or lures, especially a hook or gang of hooks weighted with metal and dressed with hair, feathers, etc., for jerking up and down in or drawing through the water to attract fish.
- Mining. an apparatus for washing coal or separating ore from gangue by shaking and washing.
- a cloth-dyeing machine in which the material, guided by rollers, is passed at full width through a dye solution in an open vat.
- to treat, cut, produce, etc., with a jig.
- to use a jig.
- to fish with a jig.
Origin of jig1
- a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons, usually in triple meter.
- a piece of music for or in the rhythm of such a dance.
- Obsolete. prank; trick.
- to dance (a jig or any lively dance).
- to sing or play in the time or rhythm of a jig: to jig a tune.
- to move with a jerky or bobbing motion; jerk up and down or to and fro.
- to dance or play a jig.
- to move with a quick, jerky motion; hop; bob.
- in jig time, Informal. with dispatch; rapidly: We sorted the mail in jig time.
- the jig is up, Slang. it is hopeless; no chance remains: When the burglar heard the police siren, he knew the jig was up.
Origin of jig2
- (formerly used in communications to represent the letter J.)
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
Origin of jig4
Related Words for jigstratagem, sleight, catch, jest, artifice, gimmick, sport, feat, caper, deception, jape, ploy, device, lark, shenanigan, frolic, imposture, dodge, maneuver, feint
Examples from the Web for jig
Contemporary Examples of jig
Some supposedly "Christian" organizations have been running an interesting game for years now--but in 2014, I think the jig is up.Hopes for Religion in 2014 Include Tolerance, More Women, Less Politics
December 22, 2013
He did not take a step—do a jig—without calculating the odds.Mandela: The Last Good Man
December 5, 2013
The Iraqi could barely repress his glee, and did a kind of jig as he walked across the room.British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Lasting Legacy
April 8, 2013
In the end, the case was referred to the Nassau County District Attorney, and the jig was up.SAT’s Legacy of Cheating
September 28, 2011
Historical Examples of jig
She pushed Rgina gently aside, and the child went on with her jig.My Double Life
Then he succinctly completed his diagnosis: "His jig is up!"The Downfall
"If he's telling the truth, the jig's about up," said Dr. Bird when the Russian had left.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Why, big Peter will dance a jig on the kitchen table for joy.The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens
Frances Elizabeth Barrow
There'll be a snatch or so of fiddlin' that he'll like, to cheer him up, and a jig and a song or so.The Rainy Day Railroad War
- any of several old rustic kicking and leaping dances
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually in six-eight time
- a mechanical device designed to hold and locate a component during machining and to guide the cutting tool
- angling any of various spinning lures that wobble when drawn through the water
- Also called: jigger mining a device for separating ore or coal from waste material by agitation in water
- obsolete a joke or prank
- to dance (a jig)
- to jerk or cause to jerk up and down rapidly
- (often foll by up) to fit or be fitted in a jig
- (tr) to drill or cut (a workpiece) in a jig
- mining to separate ore or coal from waste material using a jig
- (intr) to produce or manufacture a jig
- Australian slang to play truant from school
Word Origin for jig
"lively dance," 1560s, perhaps related to Middle French giguer "to dance," or to the source of German Geige "violin." Meaning "piece of sport, trick" is 1590s, now mainly in phrase the jig is up (first attested 1777 as the jig is over). As a verb from 1580s.