Jig (?), n. [OF. gigue a stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. gigue dance, tune, gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. gIge fiddle, G. geige. Cf. Gig a fiddle, Gig a whirligig.]

1. (Mus.)

A light, brisk musical movement.

Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig.


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

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


A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. [Obs.]

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


A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.

6. (Mach.)


A small machine or handy tool; esp.: (Metal Working)

A contrivance fastened to or inclosing a piece of work, and having hard steel surfaces to guide a tool, as a drill, or to form a shield or templet to work to, as in filing.

(b) (Mining)

An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.

Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig, 6 (a). --
Jig drilling, Jig filing (Metal Working), a process of drilling or filing in which the action of the tool is directed or limited by a jig. --
Jig saw, a sawing machine with a narrow, vertically reciprocating saw, used to cut curved and irregular lines, or ornamental patterns in openwork, a scroll saw; -- called also gig saw.


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Jig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jigged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Jigging (?).]


To sing to the tune of a jig.

Jig off a tune at the tongue's end.


To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude. Ford.

3. (Mining)

To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.

4. (Metal Working)

To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.


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Jig, v. i.

To dance a jig; to skip about.

You jig, you amble, and you lisp.


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Jig, v. i.

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.


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