Jig, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Jigged (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To sing to the tune of a jig.
Jig off a tune at the tongue's
2. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to
3. (Mining) To sort or separate, as
ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging,
4. (Metal Working) To cut or form, as
a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.
Jig, v. i. To dance a jig; to skip
You jig, you amble, and you lisp.
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. Kipling.
Jig (?), n. [OF. gigue a
stringed instrument, a kind of dance, F. gigue dance, tune,
gig; of German origin; cf. MHG. gīge fiddle, G.
geige. Cf. Gig a fiddle, Gig a whirligig.]
1. (Mus.) A light, brisk musical
Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig.
3. 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 Beau. & Fl.
Praised and applauded.
4. A piece of sport; a trick; a prank.
Is't not a fine jig, Beau. &
A precious cunning, in the late Protector?
5. A trolling bait, consisting of a bright
spoon and a hook attached.
6. (Mach.) (a) 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
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