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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 of jag1
late Middle English
1350-1400
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 jagging
Historical Examples
  • Roll some of the crust very thin, cut it into narrow strips, with a jagging iron, and lay it on the pie in a fanciful manner.

  • Then roll it out rather more than half an inch thick, and cut it into square cakes with a jagging iron or with a sharp knife.

  • We are still in the age of the houppelande, the time of cut edges, jagging, big sleeves and trailing gowns.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Roll thin, cut in oblong cakes with a jagging iron, or in any way to suit the fancy.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Cut it into long slips with a jagging iron, or with a sharp knife, and twist them into various fantastic shapes.

  • Then he was sorry for the pride of it, and he pulled it down on his face, and whistled to stop his nose from jagging.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • Or you may cut it out into separate cakes with a jagging iron, previous to baking.

  • So exquisite is the sensibility, that to touch a hair of the head or beard, is like the jagging of needles into the body.

    Opium Eating Anonymous
  • It has been known ever since as Goren's Dome, and a good-sized window, jagging the wall, admits one or two lookers at a time.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • She did it in broad strokes, painting the walls of our bedroom with her blood, jagging all night through rant after rant.

British Dictionary definitions for jagging

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 jagging

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 jagging

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 jagging

JAG

judge advocate general
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