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verb [intransitive]     jig pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlejigging
past tensejigged
past participlejigged
  1. 1
    to make small fast movements with your whole body, usually in a nervous or excited way
    jig around/about/up and down etc:

    Will you kids stop jigging about for one moment?

  2. 2
    to dance a jig
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