jig
I. noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle French giguer to frolic, from gigue fiddle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German gīga fiddle; akin to Old Norse geiga to turn aside Date: circa 1560 1. a. any of several lively springy dances in triple rhythm b. music to which a jig may be danced 2. trick, game — used chiefly in the phrase the jig is up 3. a. any of several fishing devices that are jerked up and down or drawn through the water b. a device used to maintain mechanically the correct positional relationship between a piece of work and the tool or between parts of work during assembly c. a device in which crushed ore is concentrated or coal is cleaned by agitating in water II. verb (jigged; jigging) Date: 1604 intransitive verb 1. a. to move with rapid jerky motions b. to dance a jig 2. to fish with a jig transitive verb 1. to dance in the rapid lively manner of a jig 2. a. to give a rapid jerky motion to b. to separate (a mineral or ore from waste) with a jig 3. to catch (a fish) with a jig 4. to machine by means of a jig-controlled tool operation III. noun Etymology: short for jigaboo black person Date: 1927 usually offensive black 4

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical movement. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jig — jig1 [jig] n. [prob. < MFr giguer, to gambol, dance < gigue, a fiddle < MHG giga (akin to ON gigja) < OHG * gigan (> Ger dial. geigen), to move back and forth] 1. a) a fast, springy sort of dance, usually in triple time b) the… …   English World dictionary

  • Jig — Jig, v. i. 1. To dance a jig; to skip about. [1913 Webster] You jig, you amble, and you lisp. Shak. [1913 Webster] 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jig — Jig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jigged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jigging}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sing to the tune of a jig. [1913 Webster] Jig off a tune at the tongue s end. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. Ford. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jig — (n.) lively dance, 1560s, perhaps related to M.Fr. giguer to dance, or to the source of Ger. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • jig — ● jig nom masculin (anglais jig) Appareil de concentration gravimétrique dans lequel la matière traitée est soumise à un mouvement vertical alternatif, appelé pistonnage …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Jig —   [englisch, dʒɪg], Bezeichnung für einen englisch irischen Volkstanz, der am häufigsten im 6/8 Takt, jedoch auch in einer Reihe anderer Taktarten (2/4, 2/2, 9/8, 3/8, 9/4, 6/4) vorkommt. Musikalisch handelte es sich dabei ursprünglich um… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Jig — [dʒig] die; , s <aus gleichbed. engl. jig zu altfr. giguer »tanzen, springen«>: 1. seit dem 16. Jh. auf den brit. Inseln verbreiteter Volkstanz ohne feste Form. 2. engl. Schreibung für ↑Gigue …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • jig — ► NOUN 1) a lively dance with leaping movements and music in compound time. 2) a device that guides tools and holds materials or parts securely. ► VERB (jigged, jigging) 1) dance a jig. 2) move up and down with a quick jerky motion …   English terms dictionary

  • Jig — Jig. См. Зажимное устройство. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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