- to move or shake with a push or jerk: The horseman jogged the reins lightly.
- to cause to function with a jolt for a moment or in a series of disconnected motions: He jogged the motor and started the machine.
- to push slightly, as to arouse the attention; nudge: She jogged his elbow when she wanted to be introduced to one of his friends.
- to stir or jolt into activity or alertness, as by a hint or reminder: to jog a person's memory.
- to cause (a horse) to go at a steady trot.
- Printing. to align the edges of (a stack of sheets of paper of the same size) by gently tapping.
- to run at a leisurely, slow pace, especially as an outdoor exercise: He jogs two miles every morning to keep in shape.
- to run or ride at a steady trot: They jogged to the stable.
- to move with a jolt or jerk: Her briefcase jogged against her leg as she walked.
- to go or travel with a jolting pace or motion: The clumsy cart jogged down the bumpy road.
- to go in a desultory or humdrum fashion (usually followed by on or along): He just jogged along, getting by however he could.
- a shake; slight push; nudge.
- a steady trot, as of a horse.
- an act, instance, or period of jogging: to go for a jog before breakfast.
- a jogging pace: He approached us at a jog.
Origin of jog1
- slang go away
- (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
- a sharp protruding point in a surface; jag
- a sudden change in course or direction
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.