Definition of jig in English:

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jig

Pronunciation: /jiɡ/

noun

1A lively dance with leaping movements.
Example sentences
  • They twitched, swayed and finally did a lively little jig - but there was no bird in sight.
  • No wonder her boss danced a little jig and then rang to thank Larry.
  • I continued to hop and dance about, performing an Irish jig Brooke had taught me.
1.1A piece of music for a jig, typically in compound time.
Example sentences
  • If you thought Celtic music was fiddles, jigs and reels, this extraordinary album will be a platform for your transfiguration.
  • Pipe tunes, mouth music, jigs and reels nestle alongside songs and ballads, most originating from Fowlis' native South Uist.
  • The off-key singing of the congregations at Church and the reels and jigs of the Connecticut fiddle players enchanted him.
2A device that holds a piece of work and guides the tools operating on it.
Example sentences
  • However, in 2005 the plan calls for production of entirely new-build Vipers for which the company will have to build jigs and tools.
  • These special tools, called jigs and fixtures, make jobs easier and allow the gunsmith to turn out quality work, fast and efficiently.
  • The Miltech shop is a jumble of jigs, tools and fixtures, each dedicated to a specific task, such as an original M1 barrel vise.
3 Fishing A type of artificial bait that is jerked up and down through the water.
Example sentences
  • The change of pace from topwaters and jigs dredged up memories and fish, good on both counts.
  • Topwaters and soft-plastic jigs catch fish through winter, but for genuine, heart-stopping trout, odds favor suspending lures.
  • But when the current rolls and the fish are hungry, they'll slam jigs and sometimes detonate on topwater plugs.

verb (jigs, jigging, jigged)

1 [no object] Dance a jig.
Example sentences
  • They swapped their heads around and played and partied and danced and jigged and forgot who they were.
  • His mother, a sandwich maker, has told how he would be forever jigging and dancing around the house as a child.
  • The Nigerian danced and jigged and very nearly scored.
1.1 [with adverbial] Move up and down with a quick jerky motion: we were jigging about in our seats
More example sentences
  • So, what if you get on your horse and he starts jigging, trotting or moving around at an improper pace?
  • A long handle beats you to death during the vertical jigging motion for the plastic, or the zigzag for the topwater.
  • In a related compound-unit vein, Showtime presents a tight clutch of attenuated compartments, jigging vertically like a dancing city skyline in a Tex Avery cartoon.
2 [with object] Equip (a factory or workshop) with a jig or jigs.
Example sentences
  • My personal preference time and time again on my jigging system remains to be Trilene XL.
3 [no object] Fish with a jig: a man jigged for squid
More example sentences
  • Since squid is also a good bait fish we believe it is proper to include squid jigging in this booklet.
  • You want to start reeling and jigging your bait though the different spectrums of the water.
  • Lescarbot also observed Mikmaq spearing salmon, sturgeon and dolphins and jigging for cod.

Phrases

1

in jig time

North American informal Extremely quickly; in a very short time.
Example sentences
  • After the parade, the Céilí Mór takes place at Earlsfort Terrace with some of the country's finest traditional acts keeping everybody in jig time.
  • The trio did the clean-up in jig time and with smiles.
  • There is no doubt we went mad in terms of exposing ourselves to increased debt as we dramatically caught up with the EU average on that score in jig time.
2

the jig is up

North American informal The scheme or deception is revealed or foiled.
Example sentences
  • Tally put her hands in the air mockingly and said, ‘I guess the jig is up.’
  • Which means, as Way puts it, ‘When the venues go, the jig is up.’
  • Dekker looks over his shoulder and sees that the jig is up.

Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with jig

big, brig, dig, fig, gig, grig, lig, pig, prig, rig, snig, sprig, swig, tig, trig, twig, Whig, wig

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Syllabification: jig

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