Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various lively dances in triple time.
  • n. The music for such a dance. Also called gigue.
  • n. A joke or trick. Used chiefly in the phrase The jig is up.
  • n. A typically metal fishing lure with one or more hooks, usually deployed with a jiggling motion on or near the bottom.
  • n. An apparatus for cleaning or separating crushed ore by agitation in water.
  • n. A device for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
  • intransitive v. To dance or play a jig.
  • intransitive v. To move or bob up and down jerkily and rapidly.
  • intransitive v. To operate a jig.
  • transitive v. To bob or jerk (something) up and down or to and fro.
  • transitive v. To machine (an object) with the aid of a jig.
  • transitive v. To separate or clean (ore) by shaking a jig.
  • idiom in jig time Informal Very quickly; rapidly.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
  • n. A lively dance in 6/8 (double jig), 9/8 (slip jig) or 12/8 (single jig) time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in any of these time signatures. Unqualified, the term is usually taken to refer to a double (6/8) jig.
  • n. A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
  • n. A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
  • n. A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others.
  • v. To move briskly, especially as a dance.
  • v. To fish with a jig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light, brisk musical movement.
  • n. A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
  • n. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank.
  • n. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.
  • n.
  • n. A small machine or handy tool.
  • n. An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore.
  • intransitive v. To dance a jig; to skip about.
  • intransitive v. To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.
  • transitive v. To sing to the tune of a jig.
  • transitive v. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
  • transitive v. To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.
  • transitive v. To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play or dance a jig.
  • To move skippingly or friskily; hop about; act or vibrate in a lively manner. Compre jigget.
  • To use a jig in fishing; fish with a jig: as, to jig for bluefish.
  • To sing in jig time; sing as a jig.
  • To jerk, jolt, or shake; cause to move by jogs or jolts.
  • To produce an up-and-down motion in.
  • In metallurgy, to separate the heavier metalliferous portion of (the mingled ore and rock or veinstone obtained in mining) from the lighter or earthy portions, by means of a jig or jigging-machine.
  • To catch (a fish) by jerking a hook into its body.
  • In felting, to harden and condense by repeated blows from rods.
  • In well-boring, to drill with a spring-pole.
  • To trick; cheat; impose; upon; bamboozle.
  • n. A rapid, irregular dance for one or more persons, performed in different ways in different countries; a modification of the country-dance.
  • n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is usually triple and rapid: often used in the eighteenth century as a component of a suite.
  • n. A lively song; a catch.
  • n. A kind of entertainment in rime, partly sung and partly recited.
  • n. A piece of sport; a prank; a trick.
  • n. A small, light mechanical contrivance: same as jigger, 2: used especially in composition: as, a drilling-jig, shaving-jig, etc.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions
  • n. a fisherman's lure with one or more hooks that is jerked up and down in the water
  • n. any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
  • n. a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
  • n. music in three-four time for dancing a jig

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
Probably shortening of jigaboo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An assimilated form of earlier gig, from Middle English gigge, from Old French gige, gigue ("a fiddle, kind of dance"), from Frankish *gīge (“dance, fiddle”), from Proto-Germanic *gīganan (“to move, wish, desire”), from Proto-Indo-European *gheiǵh-, *gheigh- (“to yawn, gape, long for, desire”). Cognate with Middle Dutch ghighe ("fiddle"), German Geige ("fiddle, violin"), Danish gige ("fiddle"), Icelandic gigja ("fiddle"). More at gig, geg. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This jig is a big producer because it takes hardly any action to make fish hit it.

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  • Monofilament of the same diameter goes down a little faster, but it stretches as much as 25 to 35 percent, meaning if the jig is at 200 feet or more, you'd have to move the rod tip up and down 4 or 5 feet just to get the jig to move a few inches.

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  • The FBI, for instance, follows lower-level drug smugglers instead of arresting them all the time, but if they see one of them stuff someone in a trunk, the jig is up and they pull over the car.

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  • That being said, it almost makes sense that they would vilify the very people who they bilked, conned, and stole from, now that the jig is up.

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