1. A light, brisk musical movement. "Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jib." (Shak)

3. A light, humorous piece of writing, especially. In rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad. "A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhyme Praised and applauded." (Beau. & Fl)

4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank. "Is't not a fine jig, A precious cunning, in the late Protector?" (Beau & Fl)

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

6. <machinery> 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.


An apparatus or a machine for jigging ore. Drill jig, a jig for guiding a drill. See Jig.

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<chemistry> Jig drilling, Jig filing, 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.

Origin: 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. To sing to the tune of a jig. "Jig off a tune at the tongue's end." (Shak)

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

3. <chemical>

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

4. <chemistry> To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

Origin: Jigged; Jigging.

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