from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various lively dances in triple time.
- n. The music for such a dance. Also called gigue.
- n. A joke or trick. Used chiefly in the phrase The jig is up.
- n. A typically metal fishing lure with one or more hooks, usually deployed with a jiggling motion on or near the bottom.
- n. An apparatus for cleaning or separating crushed ore by agitation in water.
- n. A device for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
- intransitive v. To dance or play a jig.
- intransitive v. To move or bob up and down jerkily and rapidly.
- intransitive v. To operate a jig.
- transitive v. To bob or jerk (something) up and down or to and fro.
- transitive v. To machine (an object) with the aid of a jig.
- transitive v. To separate or clean (ore) by shaking a jig.
- idiom in jig time Informal Very quickly; rapidly.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
- n. 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.
- n. A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
- n. A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
- n. 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.
- v. To move briskly, especially as a dance.
- v. To fish with a jig.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light, brisk musical movement.
- n. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
- n. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank.
- n. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.
- n. A small machine or handy tool.
- n. An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
- transitive v. To sing to the tune of a jig.
- transitive v. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
- transitive v. To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.
- transitive v. To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
- intransitive v. To dance a jig; to skip about.
- intransitive v. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rapid, irregular dance for one or more persons, performed in different ways in different countries; a modification of the country-dance.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is usually triple and rapid: often used in the eighteenth century as a component of a suite.
- n. A lively song; a catch.
- n. A kind of entertainment in rime, partly sung and partly recited.
- n. A piece of sport; a prank; a trick.
- n. A small, light mechanical contrivance: same as jigger, 2: used especially in composition: as, a drilling-jig, shaving-jig, etc.
- To play or dance a jig.
- To move skippingly or friskily; hop about; act or vibrate in a lively manner. Compre jigget.
- To use a jig in fishing; fish with a jig: as, to jig for bluefish.
- To sing in jig time; sing as a jig.
- To jerk, jolt, or shake; cause to move by jogs or jolts.
- To produce an up-and-down motion in.
- In metallurgy, to separate the heavier metalliferous portion of (the mingled ore and rock or veinstone obtained in mining) from the lighter or earthy portions, by means of a jig or jigging-machine.
- To catch (a fish) by jerking a hook into its body.
- In felting, to harden and condense by repeated blows from rods.
- In well-boring, to drill with a spring-pole.
- To trick; cheat; impose; upon; bamboozle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions
- n. a fisherman's lure with one or more hooks that is jerked up and down in the water
- n. any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
- n. a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
- n. music in three-four time for dancing a jig
Probably shortening of jigaboo.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *gīganan (“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. (Wiktionary)