Definitions and meaning of jag
- enPR: jăg, IPA(key): /d͡ʒæɡ/
- Rhymes: -æɡ
The noun is from late Middle English jagge, the verb is from jaggen.
jag (plural jags)
- A sharp projection.
- 1600, Philemon Holland, The Romane Historie
- garments thus beset with long jagges and pursles
- 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, lines 323-7, 
- The thick black cloud was cleft, and still / The Moon was at its side; / Like waters shot from some high crag, / The lightning fell with never a jag, / A river steep and wide.
- 1909, Arthur Symons, London: A Book of Aspects, self-published, p. 3, 
- The especial beauty of London is the Thames, and the Thames is so wonderful because the mist is always changing its shapes and colours, always making its light mysterious, and building palaces of cloud out of mere Parliament Houses with their jags and turrets.
- 1956, C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle, Collins, 1998, Chapter 16,
- Even if you hadn’t been drowned, you would have been smashed to pieces by the terrible weight of water against the countless jags of rock.
- A part broken off; a fragment.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hacket to this entry?)
- 1855, Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" in Leaves of Grass, page 56:
- I depart as air .... I shake my white locks at the runway sun, / I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.
- (botany) A cleft or division.
- (Scotland) A medical injection, a jab.
jag (third-person singular simple present jags, present participle jagging, simple past and past participle jagged)
- To cut unevenly.
- (Pittsburgh) To tease.
Circa 1597; originally "load of broom or furze", variant of British English dialectal chag (“tree branch; branch of broom or furze”), from Old English ċeacga (“broom, furze”), from Proto-Germanic *kagô (compare dialectal German Kag (“stump, cabbage, stalk”), Swedish dialect kage (“stumps”), Norwegian dialect kage (“low bush”), of unknown origin.
jag (plural jags)
- Enough liquor to make a person noticeably drunk; a skinful.
- A binge or period of overindulgence; a spree.
- 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, page 88:
- ‘People who spend their money for second-hand sex jags are as nervous as dowagers who can't find the rest-room.’
- A fit, spell, outburst.
- 1985, Peter De Vries, The Prick of Noon, Penguin, Chapter 9, p. 165,
- Of course she did not lose her sense of humor (not necessarily to be confused with her laughing fits, which are crying jags turned inside out according to the shrinks).
- 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld, Simon & Schuster, 2007, Part 4, Chapter 1, p. 396, 
- Miles had a cold, he always had a cold, it went unnoticed, went without saying, he had coughing jags and slightly woozy eyes, completely unremarked by people who knew him […]
- A one-horse cart load, or, in modern times, a truck load, of hay or wood.
- (Scotland, archaic) A leather bag or wallet; (in the plural) saddlebags.
- get a jag on
- have a jag on
From Dutch jacht.
jag (plural jagte)
- hunt, pursuit
jag (present jag, present participle jagtende, past participle gejag)
- to hunt
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- Bartoli, Matteo Giulio, Il Dalmatico: Resti di un’antica lingua romanza parlata da Veglia a Ragusa e sua collocazione nella Romània appenino-balcanica, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1906, published 2000
jag n (singular definite jaget, plural indefinite jag)
- hurry, rush
- twinge, (a sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side)
- imperative of jage
- singular imperative of jagen
- (colloquial) first-person singular present of jagen
From Proto-Finnic *jako.
- imperative of jage
- imperative of jaga
From Sauraseni Prakrit 𑀅𑀕𑁆𑀕𑀺 (aggi), from Ashokan Prakrit 𑀅𑀕𑀺 (agi /aggi/), from Sanskrit अग्नि (agní, “fire”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Hagnís, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁n̥gʷnis. Cognate with Hindi आग (āg), Nepali आगो (āgo), Gujarati આગ (āga), and Punjabi ਅੱਗ (agga).
jag f (plural jaga)
From Old Swedish iak, jæk, from Old Norse jak (compare Old West Norse ek), from Proto-Norse ᛖᚲ (ek), from Proto-Germanic *ek, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.
- Jag läser en bok.
- I'm reading a book.
- Bara du och jag.
- Just you and me.
- (psychology) I, self
- J. Bullock, R. Gray, H. Paris, D. Pfantz, D. Richardson, A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Yabong, Migum, Nekgini, and Neko (2016)
- to cut unevenly.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)