English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

jigging

Definitions

present participle of verb

  1. See jig

jig (dʒɪɡ Pronunciation for jig

Definitions

noun

  1. any of several old rustic kicking and leaping dances
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually in six-eight time
  3. a mechanical device designed to hold and locate a component during machining and to guide the cutting tool
  4. (angling) any of various spinning lures that wobble when drawn through the water
  5. Also called: jigger (mining) a device for separating ore or coal from waste material by agitation in water
  6. (obsolete) a joke or prank

verb

Word forms:  jigs,  jigging,  jigged
  1. to dance (a jig)
  2. to jerk or cause to jerk up and down rapidly
  3. (often followed by up) to fit or be fitted in a jig
  4. (transitive) to drill or cut (a workpiece) in a jig
  5. (mining) to separate ore or coal from waste material using a jig
  6. (intransitive) to produce or manufacture a jig
  7. (Australian, slang) to play truant from school

Word Origin

C16 (originally: a dance or the music for it; applied to various modern devices because of the verbal sense: to jerk up and down rapidly): of unknown origin

Comments

Log in to comment on this word.