- The definition of a jag is a sharp, tooth like projection, or is slang for uncontrolled actions.
- An example of a jag is a tooth on a saw.
- An example of a jag is uncontrolled drinking or crying: a drinking jag or a crying jag.
- Jag is defined as to cut into notches or to tear unevenly.
An example of jag is to rip a piece of cloth into rough pieces.
- a sharp, toothlike projection or similar indentation
- Archaic a notch or pointed tear, as in cloth
Origin of jagMiddle English jagge, projecting point from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbjagged, jag′ging
- to cut jags in; notch or pink (cloth, etc.)
- to cut unevenly; tear raggedly
Origin of jagME jaggen, joggen < the n.
- Dial. a small load or amount, as of wood or hay
- an intoxicated condition due to liquor or drugs
- a drinking spree
- a period of uncontrolled activity: a crying jag
Origin of jagfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A sharp projection; a barb.
- a. A hanging flap along the edge of a garment.b. A slash or slit in a garment exposing material of a different color.
transitive verbjagged, jag·ging, jags
- To cut jags in; notch.
- To cut unevenly.
- Scots To jab sharply; prick.
Origin of jagMiddle English jagge
- Slang a. A bout of drinking or drug use.b. A period of overindulgence in an activity; a spree: a shopping jag; a crying jag.
- A small load or portion.
Origin of jagOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present jags, present participle jagging, simple past and past participle jagged)
The noun is from late Middle English jagge, the verb is from jaggen.
Circa 1597; originally "load of broom or furze", variant of British English dialectal chag (“tree branch; branch of broom or furze”), from Old English ċeacga (“broom, furze”), from Proto-Germanic *kagô (compare dialectal German Kag (“stump, cabbage, stalk”), Swedish dialect kage (“stumps”), Norwegian dialect kage (“low bush”), of unknown origin.
- (informal) A Jaguar car.
Shortening of Jaguar.