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jagged

[jag-id] /ˈdʒæg ɪd/
adjective
1.
having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag:
the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
2.
having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See jag1, -ed2
Related forms
jaggedly, adverb
jaggedness, noun
unjagged, adjective

jag1

[jag] /dʒæg/
noun
1.
a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
verb (used with object), jagged, jagging.
2.
to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
verb (used without object), jagged, jagging.
3.
to move with a jerk; jog.
Origin
1350-1400; late Middle English jagge (noun), jaggen (v.), of obscure origin
Related forms
jagless, adjective
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Examples from the web for jagged
  • It has towering cliffs, jagged ridges, and deep valleys.
  • The jagged wound was inflicted in a suicide attempt.
  • Deaths due to state-based conflicts show jagged peaks in the two world wars, followed by a bumpy but consistent trailing-off.
  • The jagged edge mixes the airflow coming out of the jet engine in a way that reduces turbulence.
  • Out of the jagged hole hangs the blade of a propeller.
  • The first winter snow was falling on the jagged peaks that towered up on all sides.
  • Researchers also do not know what causes the jagged structure of lightning.
  • The colors don't match the originals, and the jagged edges don't line up.
  • We painstakingly sliced a three inch piece off the fork, cutting slowly enough as to not create any jagged edges.
  • With each stroke, his hands and arms struck the jagged wood strewn through the water, while his injured leg dragged along behind.
British Dictionary definitions for jagged

jagged

/ˈdʒæɡɪd/
adjective
1.
having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
Derived Forms
jaggedly, adverb
jaggedness, noun

jag1

/dʒæɡ/
verb jags, jagging, jagged
1.
(transitive) to cut unevenly; make jagged
2.
(Austral) to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
noun, verb
3.
(Scot) an informal word for jab (sense 3), jab (sense 5)
noun
4.
a jagged notch or projection
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin

jag2

/dʒæɡ/
noun (slang)
1.
  1. intoxication from drugs or alcohol
  2. a bout of drinking or drug taking
2.
a period of uncontrolled activity: a crying jag
Word Origin
of unknown origin

Jag

/dʒæɡ/
noun
1.
(informal) a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence

JAG

abbreviation
1.
Judge Advocate General
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Word Origin and History for jagged
adj.

mid-15c., from verb jaggen (c.1400) "to pierce, slash, cut; to notch or nick; cut or tear unevenly," Scottish and northern English, of unknown origin. Originally of garments with regular "toothed" edges; meaning "with the edge irregularly cut" is from 1570s. Related: Jaggedly; jaggedness.

jag

n.

"period of unrestrained activity," 1887, American English, perhaps via intermediate sense of "as much drink as a man can hold" (1670s), from earlier meaning "load of hay or wood" (1590s), of unknown origin. Used in U.S. colloquial speech from 1834 to mean "a quantity, a lot."

"slash or rend in a garment," c.1400, of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jagged

jagged

adjective

Drunk (1737+)


jag

noun
  1. A drinking spree; bender
  2. A spell or spree of a specified sort: One had a ''crying jag''/ the annual Christmas gift-buying jag
Related Terms

crying jag

[1887+; fr jag, ''a load,'' found by 1597, whence ''as much liquor as a man can drink,'' found by 1678]


Jag

noun

A Jaguar automobile (1950s+)


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Related Abbreviations for jagged

JAG

judge advocate general
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