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JIG, n. A kind of light dance, or a tune or air.

1. A ballad.

JIG, v.i. To dance a jig.

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JIG, n. A kind of light dance, or a tune or air.

1. A ballad.

JIG, v.i. To dance a jig.

JIG, n. [It. giga; Fr. gigue. See Gig.]

  1. A kind of light dance, or a tune or air.
  2. A ballad. – B. Jonson.

JIG, v.i.

To dance a jig.

  1. A light, brisk musical movement.

    Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig. Shak.

  2. To sing to the tune of a jig.

    Jig off a tune at the tongue's end. Shak.

  3. To dance a jig; to skip about.

    You jig, you amble, and you lisp. Shak.

  4. 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 at all. Kipling.

  5. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.


    A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme
    Praised and applauded.
    Beau. *** Fl.

  6. To trick or cheat] to cajole; to delude.

  7. A piece of sport] a trick; a prank.


    Is't not a fine jig,
    A precious cunning, in the late Protector?
    Beau. *** Fl.

  8. To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.
  9. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.
  10. To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
  11. A small machine or handy tool

    ] esp.: (Metal Working)
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JIG, noun A kind of light dance, or a tune or air.

1. A ballad.

JIG, verb intransitive To dance a jig

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