[ jig-saw ]
/ ˈdʒɪgˌsɔ /


Also jig saw. an electric machine saw with a narrow blade mounted vertically in a frame, for cutting curves or other difficult lines or patterns.

verb (used with object), jig·sawed, jig·sawed or jig·sawn, jig·saw·ing.

to cut or form with a jigsaw.


formed by or as if by a jigsaw: jigsaw ornamentation.

Origin of jigsaw

First recorded in 1870–75; jig2 + saw1
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/ (ˈdʒɪɡˌsɔː) /


a mechanical saw with a fine steel blade for cutting intricate curves in sheets of material

Word Origin for jigsaw

C19: from jig (to jerk up and down rapidly) + saw 1
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Word Origin and History for jigsaw



also jig-saw, "vertical reciprocating saw," 1855, American English, from jig with its notion of "rapid up-and-down motion" + saw (n.1). Jigsaw puzzle first recorded 1906; originally one with pieces cut by a jigsaw.

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