Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “jig”

jig

noun [C] uk   /dʒɪɡ/ us  

jig noun [C] (DANCE)

an energetic traditional dance of Great Britain and Ireland, or the music that is played for such a danceNames of dancesMusical pieces

jig noun [C] (TOOL)

specialized a piece of equipment for holding a tool or piece of wood, etc. firmly in position while you work with itToolsGardening tools

jig

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /dʒɪɡ/ (-gg-) us  
to move quickly up and down or from side to side, or to make someone or something do this: Stop jigging about, Billy, and just stand still for a moment!Making short, sudden movements
(Definition of jig from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of jig?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “jig” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More