A group of people dancing a jig.
- The definition of a jig is a fishing bait with one or two hooks and a jerking motion that sinks to the bottom of the water.
An example of a jig is what someone fishing off the side of a pier would use as bait.
- The definition of a jig is an energetic folk dance, or a template used with a saw for woodworking.
- An example of a jig is Irish set dancing.
- An example of a jig is a pattern for a curve which is used to create multiple curved shelves.
- Jig means to dance quickly by moving up and down.
An example of jig is the movement of Irish folk dancers.
- a fast, springy sort of dance, usually in triple time
- the music for such a dance
- any of various fishing lures that are jiggled up and down in the water
- any of several mechanical devices operated in a jerky manner, as a sieve for separating ores, a pounding machine, or a drill
- a device, often with metal surfaces, used as a guide for a tool or as a template
Origin of jigprobably ; from Middle French giguer, to gambol, dance ; from gigue, a fiddle ; from Middle High German giga (akin to Old Norse gigja) ; from Old High German an unverified form gigan (from source German dialect, dialectal geigen), to move back and forth
- to dance or perform (a jig) or to dance in jig style
- to move jerkily and quickly up and down or to and fro
- to use a jig (on) in working
- to fish or catch (a fish) with a jig
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in jig time⌂
the jig is up⌂
Origin of jigorigin, originally uncertain
- a. Any of various lively dances in triple time.b. The music for such a dance. Also called gigue.
- A joke or trick. Used chiefly in the phrase The jig is up.
- A typically metal fishing lure with one or more hooks, usually deployed with a jiggling motion on or near the bottom.
- An apparatus for cleaning or separating crushed ore by agitation in water.
- A device for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
verbjigged jigged, jig·ging, jigs
- To dance or play a jig.
- To move or bob up and down jerkily and rapidly.
- To operate a jig.
- To bob or jerk (something) up and down or to and fro.
- To machine (an object) with the aid of a jig.
- To separate or clean (ore) by shaking a jig.
Origin of jigOrigin unknown.
Origin of jigProbably shortening of jigaboo.
- (music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
- (traditional Irish music and dance) A lively dance in 6/8 (double jig), 9/8 (slip jig) or 12/8 (single jig) time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in any of these time signatures. Unqualified, the term is usually taken to refer to a double (6/8) jig.
- they danced a jig
- (traditional English Morris dancing) A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
- (fishing) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
- A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others.
- Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig.
- (mining) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.
(third-person singular simple present jigs, present participle jigging, simple past and past participle jigged)
- To move briskly, especially as a dance.
- The guests were jigging around on the dancefloor
- (fishing) To fish with a jig.
- To sing to the tune of a jig.
- To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
- (mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.
- To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
An assimilated form of earlier gig, from Middle English gigge, from Old French gige, gigue (“a fiddle, kind of dance”), from Frankish *gīge (“dance, fiddle”), from Proto-Germanic *gīganą (“to move, wish, desire”), from Proto-Indo-European *gheiǵh-, *gheigh- (“to yawn, gape, long for, desire”). Cognate with Middle Dutch ghighe (“fiddle”), German Geige (“fiddle, violin”), Danish gige (“fiddle”), Icelandic gigja (“fiddle”). More at gig, geg.