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

  • n. A disease of herbivores, especially sheep, caused by the presence of the larvae of the tapeworm Multiceps multiceps in the brain and resulting in a staggering gait. Also called sturdy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disease of sheep caused by tapeworm.
  • n. A fiddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease of sheep, characterized by vertigo; the staggers. It is caused by the presence of the C�nurus, a larval tapeworm, in the brain. See c�nurus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Staggers in sheep, a disease caused by a cystic worm in the brain, formerly called Cœnurus cerebralis, now known to be the larva of the dog's tapeworm, Tœnia cœnurus. Also called giddiness and sturdy.
  • n. The jack-snipe.


Back-formation from giddy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Old French gigue. See jig (noun). (Wiktionary)



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