jig: Meaning and Definition of
— n., v., jigged, jig•ging.
- a plate, box, or open frame for holding work and for guiding a machine tool to the work, used esp. for locating and spacing drilled holes; fixture.
- any of several devices or lures, esp. a hook or gang of hooks weighted with metal and dressed with hair, feathers, etc., for jerking up and down in or drawing through the water to attract fish.
- an apparatus for washing coal or separating ore from gangue by shaking and washing.
- a cloth-dyeing machine in which the material, guided by rollers, is passed at full width through a dye solution in an open vat.
- to treat, cut, produce, etc., with a jig.
- to use a jig.
- to fish with a jig.
— n., v., adj. jigged, jig•ging,
- a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons, usually in triple meter.
- a piece of music for or in the rhythm of such a dance.
- prank; trick.
- it is hopeless; no chance remains: When the burglar heard the police siren, he knew the jig was up.
- to dance (a jig or any lively dance).
- to sing or play in the time or rhythm of a jig: to jig a tune.
- to move with a jerky or bobbing motion; jerk up and down or to and fro.
- to dance or play a jig.
- to move with a quick, jerky motion; hop; bob.
- with dispatch; rapidly: We sorted the mail in jig time.
- (formerly used in communications to represent the letter J.)
— n. Slang (disparaging and offensive)
- a black person.
- jig (Thesaurus)