The Jig is a form of lively folk dance in compound meter, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It developed in 16th century England, and was quickly adopted on the Continent where it eventually became the final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite . Today it is most associated with Irish dance music and Scottish country dance music. Jigs were originally in duple compound meter,, but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble jigs.

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  1. A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.
  2. A lively dance in 6/8 (double jig), 9/8 (slip jig) or 12/8 (single jig) time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in any of these time signatures. Unqualified, the term is usually taken to refer to a double (6/8) jig.
    they danced a jig
  3. A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.
  4. A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.
  5. A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others.
    Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig.
  6. An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.
  7. A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.
  8. A trick; a prank.


  1. To move briskly, especially as a dance.
    The guests were jigging around on the dancefloor
  2. To fish with a jig.
  3. To sing to the tune of a jig.
  4. To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.
  5. To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.
  6. To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

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