jig (plural jigs)
- (music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
- (traditional Irish music and dance) 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.
- They danced a jig.
- (traditional English Morris dancing) A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
- (fishing) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
- 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.
- Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig.
- (mining) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.
- (obsolete) A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
- (obsolete) A trick; a prank.
- Russian: джи́га
- Russian: блесна́
- French: patron, modèle
- German: Schablone, Lehre, Vorrichtung
- Russian: конду́ктор
- Spanish: plantilla de guía, guía, plantilla, calibre
jig (jigs, present participle jigging; past and past participle jigged)
- To move briskly, especially as a dance.
- The guests were jigging around on the dance floor.
- To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.
- (fishing) To fish with a jig.
- To sing to the tune of a jig.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
- No, my complete master, but to jig off a tune at the tongue’s end, canary to it with your feet, humor it with turning up your eyelids,
- To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
- (mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.
- To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
jig (plural jigs)