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Definitions of jigging



present participle of verb

  1. See jig

jig  (dʒɪɡ



  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


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