Definitions for: Jig
[n] any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
[n] music in three-four time for dancing a jig
[v] dance a jig
Webster (1913) Definition: 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 jib. -- 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
(a) 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 templet to work to, as
(b) (Mining) An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig, 6
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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jigged; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To sing to the tune of a jig.
Jig off a tune at the tongue's end. -- Shak.
2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. --Ford.
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
Jig, v. i.
To dance a jig; to skip about.
You jig, you amble, and you lisp. -- Shak.
Jig, v. i.
To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or
The fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for
nothing at all. --Kipling.
See Also: ballroom music, dance, dance music, danceroom music, folk dance, folk dancing, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
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