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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Sometimes one of them would leap to his feet and dance a jig before falling over.
▪ There, all alone in his dark deep room of rock, Tarantula danced a jig.
▪ We danced a little jig around the food, hardly believing our luck.
▪ Did we laugh and celebrate and dance a hundred jigs?
▪ A girl his age was dancing a jig to the music.
▪ Also, you can use this jig if you are taking your posts down and placing them on sawhorses.
▪ But I know if I ever get married, the jig is up.
▪ Fish the northern side of Bird Island with jigs tipped with minnows at dawn for best results.
▪ For this I use a fairly simple jig and accurate setting of the saw.
▪ If you build your jig slightly larger than your posts it will slide up and down more easily.
▪ Sometimes one of them would leap to his feet and dance a jig before falling over.
▪ Dexter jigged his toes on the floor of Blanche's office, impatient for the night to slip away quickly.
▪ In the second operation the cross truss frames, having been previously jigged together, were assembled in the frame.
▪ Long black leather chairs invited you to lay back, headphones on, and just jig about to music of your choice.
▪ Margaret Trudeau jigging in rolled-up slacks.
▪ No-one cared that she jacked in to the lock on the tutor's door, feeling around mentally to jig it open.
▪ The houses joined in, sluggishly flirting their bellies at him, growing blacker as he jigged onward.
▪ Under the table his feet jig on their soles.
▪ You keep a straight course, let him jig around you.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jig \Jig\, v. i.

  1. To dance a jig; to skip about.

    You jig, you amble, and you lisp.

  2. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.

    The fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for nothing at all.


Jig \Jig\, n. [OF. gigue a stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. gigue dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. g[=i]ge fiddle, G. geige. Cf. Gig a fiddle, Gig a whirligig.] 1. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical movement. Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig. --Shak. 3. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. [Obs.] A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme Praised and applauded. --Beau. & Fl. 4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. [Obs.] Is't not a fine jig, A precious cunning, in the late Protector? --Beau. & Fl. 5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached. 6. (Mach.)

  1. A small machine or handy tool; esp.: (Metal Working) A contrivance fastened to or inclosing a piece of work, and having hard steel surfaces to guide a tool, as a drill, or to form a shield or template to work to, as in filing.

  2. (Mining) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.

    Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig, 6 (a) .

    Jig drilling, Jig filing (Metal Working), a process of drilling or filing in which the action of the tool is directed or limited by a jig.

    Jig saw, a sawing machine with a narrow, vertically reciprocating saw, used to cut curved and irregular lines, or ornamental patterns in openwork, a scroll saw; -- called also gig saw.


Jig \Jig\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Jigging.]

  1. To sing to the tune of a jig.

    Jig off a tune at the tongue's end.

  2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.

  3. (Mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.

  4. (Metal Working) To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"lively dance," 1560s, perhaps related to Middle French giguer "to dance," or to the source of German Geige "violin." Meaning "piece of sport, trick" is 1590s, now mainly in phrase the jig is up (first attested 1777 as the jig is over). As a verb from 1580s.


n. 1 (context music English) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue. 2 (context traditional Irish music and dance English) 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. 3 (context traditional English Morris dancing English) A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team. 4 (context fishing English) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body. 5 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. 6 (context mining English) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore. 7 (context obsolete English) A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. 8 (context obsolete English) A trick; a prank. vb. 1 To move briskly, especially as a dance. 2 To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks. 3 (context fishing English) To fish with a jig. 4 To sing to the tune of a jig. 5 To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. 6 (context mining English) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. 7 To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

  1. n. music in three-four time for dancing a jig

  2. any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping

  3. [also: jigging, jigged]

  1. v. dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions

  2. [also: jigging, jigged]

Jig (disambiguation)

A jig is a type of folk dance.

Jig may also refer to:

Jig (jewellery)

A jig used in making jewelry, a specific type of jig, is a plate or open frame for holding work and helping to shape jewelry components made out of wire or small sheets of metal. A jig in the jewelry making application is used to help establish a pattern for use in shaping the wire or sheets of metal. In the jewelry application, the shaping of the metal is done by hand or with simple hand tools like a hammer.

Jig (tool)

A jig is a type of custom-made tool used to control the location and/or motion of parts or other tools.

Jig (film)

Jig is a 2011 documentary produced and directed by Sue Bourne about the world of Irish dance and the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow.


The jig is a form of lively folk dance in compound meter, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It developed in 16th-century England, and was quickly adopted on the Continent where it eventually became the final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (the French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga). Today it is most associated with Irish dance music, Scottish country dance and the Métis people in Canada. Jigs were originally in duple compound meter, (e.g., time), but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble jigs.

Usage examples of "jig".

She kept nodding, and found herself liking Jig Arek for her single-minded enthusiasm.

Esmay gave the orders that sent Jig Arek and her team across a few hundred meters of vacuum to the other ship.

It made him so happy that he began to dance a reel, there in the middle of the mud road, whistling the tune and jigging around in a circle.

With a toss of his head he laughed aloud, jigging a few steps of a dance right there near the woodshed.

She had just reached the flower garden by the front gates when her grey gnome appeared, waving its arms in excitement and jigging up and down.

As they all waited out in the lamp-lit courtyard for the horses to be brought round, Salamander was beside himself, practically jigging where he stood.

David walked in the bright moonlight and saw the lights in the cottages and heard laughter and a jigging of fiddles, he did not find it in his heart to condemn the ancient fashions.

When I heard the porch door slam I waited until I saw her toiling up the road, the lumpy cardigan over one arm and the handbag jigging on its strap.

I cautiously open the door and see that Duane in fury appears to be reduced in size, a small square jigging knot of red-faced anger.

He saw a large number of blacksno masks, no suits, only bubble caps and hippy-dip jackets like jigs in stories.

Picardy stared at the thicket of tents and jigs and tried to remember which way to turn.

On her right, she saw a forest of blue beamsthe big industrial jigs that held the fuselage barrels in place, while they were riveted together.

They broke clear of the forest of blue jigs, looked up, saw her, and started after her.

An exultant cheer went up from everyone, and they pounded each other upon the back and danced delirious jigs of triumph in the sunlight.

To one accustomed to the open movement of country jigs and reels the thing seemed the uttermost evil--the grinning masks, the white tranced female faces, the obscene postures, above all that witch-music as horrid as a moan of terror.