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present participle of verb

  1. See jig

jig (dʒɪɡ Pronunciation for jig



  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


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

Example Sentences Including 'jigging'

A nasty little dog, a shorthaired feist of some kind, was jigging merrily around them, snapping at Civil's dangling feet.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
All this time I was wondering what the pendant round Yannick's neck was, jigging on a chain.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
He backed up for a running start, then leapt and pranced, jigging round Jahdo's ankles.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
Ian Paisley took a dim view of jigging with women, let alone male political rivals.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
Meanwhile, after a little jigging , the phenomenally crisp Sharp LCD fit into a bedroom bookcase with discreet charm.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Noreen hopped about as she talked, moving from one foot to the other, like someone always jigging to music in her head.
Frank Delaney Telling the Pictures
South Australia's big-fish fanatics have taken to jigging deep-water terrain in a big way.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
When placed in front of a mirror the robot began `flickering, twittering, and jigging like a clumsy Narcissus", wrote Walter.
New Scientist (1998)


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