Dictionary: JIF'FY – JOB

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JIF'FY, n.

A moment.

JIG, n. [It. giga; Fr. gigue. See Gig.]

  1. A kind of light dance, or a tune or air.
  2. A ballad. – B. Jonson.

JIG, v.i.

To dance a jig.


In sea-language, a machine consisting of a rope about five feet long, with a block at one end and a sheave at the other, used to hold on the cable when it is heaved into the ship, by the revolution of the windlass. – Mar. Dict.


Suitable to a jig.


Dancing. [Not authorized in good use.] – Mrs. Farrar.


  1. One who makes or plays jigs. – Shak.
  2. A ballad maker. – Dekker.


A pin used by miners to hold the turn-beams and prevent them from turning. – Cyc.

JILL, n.

A young woman; in contempt. [See Gill.]


A light wanton woman. – Guardian.

JILT, n. [of uncertain etymology.]

  1. A woman who gives her lover hopes and capriciously disappoints him; a woman who trifles with her lover. – Otway.
  2. A name of contempt for a woman. – Pope.

JILT, v.i.

To play the jilt; to practice deception in love and discard lovers. – Congreve.

JILT, v.t.

To encourage a lover and then frustrate his hopes; to trick in love; to give hopes to a lover and then reject him. – Dryden.

JILT'ED, pp.

Cheated or tricked in love.

JILT'ING, ppr.

Playing the jilt; tricking in love.


Jointed hinges. – Bailey.


  1. A rattling or clinking sound, as of little bells or pieces of metal.
  2. A little bell or rattle.
  3. Correspondence of sound in rhymes. – Dryden.

JIN'GLE, v.i. [Qu. Ch. and Syr. זג, זגא, a little bell; or Persian زَنك zank, a little brass ball or bell. It may be allied to jangle.]

To sound with a fine sharp rattle; to clink; as, jingling, chains or bells.

JIN'GLE, v.t.

To cause to give a sharp sound, as a little bell or as pieces of metal. The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew. – Pope.


Caused to give a sharp sound, as a bell or as pieces of metal.


Giving a sharp fine rattling sound, as a little bell or as pieces of metal.

JIP'PO, n. [Fr. jupe.]

A waistcoat or kind of stays for females.

JOB, n. [of unknown origin, but perhaps allied to chop, primarily to strike or drive.]

  1. A piece of work; any thing to be done, whether of more or less importance. The carpenter or mason undertakes to build a house by the job. The erection of Westminster bridge was a heavy job; and it was a great job to erect Central wharf, in Boston. The mechanic has many small jobs on hand.
  2. A lucrative business; an undertaking with a view to profit. No cheek is known to blush nor heart to throb, / Save when they lose a question or a job. – Pope.
  3. A sudden stab with a pointed instrument. [This seems to be nearly the original sense.] To do the job for one, to kill him.

JOB, v.i.

To deal in the public stocks; to buy and sell as a broker. The judge shall job, the bishop bite the town, / And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown. Pope.

JOB, v.t.

  1. To strike or stab with a sharp instrument. – L'Estrange.
  2. To drive in a sharp pointed instrument. – Moxon.