jig

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[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /

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.

Origin of jig

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1855–60; probably akin to jig2, in sense “jerk to and fro”; orig. and interrelationship of this group of words uncertain

Definition for jig (2 of 4)

jig

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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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1550–60; in earliest sense “kind of dance” perhaps < Middle French giguer to frolic, gambol, probably < an unattested WGmc verb (cf. gig1); semantic development of other senses unclear

Related forms

jig·like, jig·gish, adjective

Definition for jig (3 of 4)

jig

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[ jig ]
/ dʒɪg /

noun

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

Definition for jig (4 of 4)

jig

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[ 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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1920–25, Americanism; of uncertain origin; cf. jigaboo
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Examples from the Web for jig

  • "Divil a-man in the five parishes can dance 'Jig Polthogue' wid him, for all that," said Barny.

  • A notable 'jig' was that called 'Schanke's Ordinary,' in which several performers took part.

    South London|Sir Walter Besant
  • "I don't know how to 'jig,' but it's delightful to look on," she answered merrily.

    What Katy Did Next|Susan Coolidge

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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