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jig

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[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /
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noun

verb (used with object), jigged, jig·ging.

to treat, cut, produce, etc., with a jig.

verb (used without object), jigged, jig·ging.

to use a jig.
to fish with a jig.

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Origin of jig

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First recorded in 1855–60; probably akin to jig2, in the sense “jerk to and fro”; origin and interrelationship of these words uncertain

Definition for jig (2 of 4)

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[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /

noun

verb (used with object), jigged, jig·ging.

verb (used without object), jigged, jig·ging.

to dance or play a jig.
to move with a quick, jerky motion; hop; bob.

Origin of jig

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First recorded in 1550–60; in earliest sense “kind of dance”; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Middle French giguer “to frolic, gambol,” possibly from an unattested West Germanic verb

OTHER WORDS FROM jig

jiglike, jiggish, adjective

Definition for jig (3 of 4)

jig3
[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /

noun

(formerly used in communications to represent the letter J.)

Definition for jig (4 of 4)

jig4
[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Black person.

Origin of jig

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First recorded in 1920–25, Americanism; of uncertain origin; cf. jigaboo
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British Dictionary definitions for jig

jig
/ (dʒɪɡ) /

noun

verb jigs, jigging or jigged

Word Origin for jig

C16 (originally: a dance or the music for it; applied to various modern devices because of the verbal sense: to jerk up and down rapidly): of unknown origin
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