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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

jag2

[jag] /dʒæg/
noun
1.
a period of unrestrained indulgence in an activity; spree; binge:
a crying jag; a talking jag.
2.
a state of intoxication from liquor.
3.
Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. a load, as of hay or wood.
Origin
1590-1600; perhaps orig. load of broom or furze (compare Old English ceacga broom, furze)
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  • They were clad in "rags and jags," and the face of the eldest was in "jags" also.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • My dress showed no stain, the weather had not battered it; there was no rent, no rags and jags.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Later on, I hustled about gettin' out voters who had jags on or who were too lazy to come to the polls.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
  • I envied them; they fancied I looked askance at their rags and jags.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • I seemed to see the goblet hang on the peaks and jags of the rock; I could fancy I saw the monsters rise from the bottom.

    Visit to Iceland Ida Pfeiffer
  • And two brass-bands, and recitations and flags and jags and grub to follow waiting for you?'

    Options O. Henry
  • She points at the grizzly rocks, with their jags and spear-points.

  • You'll be headed into one of your four-day jags, and you know it.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • Those minute jags and points of the primaries are dizzy precipices and towering peaks.

British Dictionary definitions for jags

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 jags

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 jags

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 jags

JAG

judge advocate general
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