jig

A jig is a lively, festive kind of dance. When you do a jig, you spend a lot of time hopping, kicking, and shuffling your feet.

The jig is mainly associated with Ireland and Scotland, and it plays a big role in both traditional Irish dancing and Scottish country dancing. The jig also influenced 20th century African American tap and soft-shoe dance styles. You can also call the type of tune that's played to accompany the dance a jig. The source of jig is most likely the Middle French giguer, "to dance" or "to jump."

Primary Meanings of jig

1.
nv
any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions
2.
n
a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it
Full Definitions of jig
1

n any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping

Type of:
folk dance, folk dancing
a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)

n music in three-four time for dancing a jig

Synonyms:
gigue
Type of:
dance music
music to dance to

v dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions

Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
2

n a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it

Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n a fisherman's lure with one or more hooks that is jerked up and down in the water

Type of:
fish lure, fisherman's lure
(angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers

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