verb (used with object), jogged, jog·ging.

verb (used without object), jogged, jog·ging.


Origin of jog

1540–50; blend of jot to jog (now dial.) and shog to shake, jog (late Middle English shoggen)
Related formsjog·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for jog on

jog on


slang go away



verb jogs, jogging or jogged

(intr) to run or move slowly or at a jog trot, esp for physical exercise
(intr; foll by on or along) to continue in a plodding way
(tr) to jar or nudge slightly; shake lightly
(tr) to remind; stimulateplease jog my memory
(tr) printing to even up the edges of (a stack of paper); square up


the act of jogging
a slight jar or nudge
a jogging motion; trot

Word Origin for jog

C14: probably variant of shog to shake, influenced by dialect jot to jolt



noun US and Canadian

a sharp protruding point in a surface; jag
a sudden change in course or direction

Word Origin for jog

C18: probably variant of jag 1
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Word Origin and History for jog on



1540s, "to shake up and down," perhaps altered from Middle English shoggen "to shake, jolt, move with a jerk" (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. Meanings "shake," "stir up by hint or push," and "walk or ride with a jolting pace" are from 16c. The main modern sense in reference to running as training mostly dates from 1948; at first a regimen for athletes, it became a popular fad c.1967. Perhaps this sense is extended from its use in horsemanship.

Jogging. The act of exercising, or working a horse to keep him in condition, or to prepare him for a race. There is no development in jogging, and it is wholly a preliminary exercise to bring the muscular organization to the point of sustained, determined action. [Samuel L. Boardman, "Handbook of the Turf," New York, 1910]

Related: Jogged; jogging. As a noun from 1610s.

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