Pronunciation Noun

jig (plural jigs)

  1. (music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (fishing) 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.
    Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig.
  6. (mining) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.
  7. (obsolete) A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
  8. (obsolete) A trick; a prank.
  • Russian: джи́га
  • Russian: блесна́
Translations Verb

jig (jigs, present participle jigging; past and past participle jigged)

  1. To move briskly, especially as a dance.
    The guests were jigging around on the dance floor.
  2. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.
  3. (fishing) To fish with a jig.
  4. 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,
  5. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
  6. (mining) 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.

jig (plural jigs)

  1. (US, offensive, slang, dated) A black person.

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