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jig “He's for a,” HAMLET, ii. 2. 494. Though formerly, be sides meaning a merry dance ajig meant a facetious metrical composition, and frequently was synonymous with ballad ( “So in Florio's Italian Dict., 1591, ‘Frottola, a countrie jigg, or round, or countrie song, or wanton verses,’” MALONE) , there can be no doubt that in the present passage Shakespeare alludes to a theatrical jig, which was the technical term for a coarse sort of comic entertainment usually performed after the play, and occasionally, it would appear, lasting for an hour:“it seems,” says Mr. Collier, “to have been a ludicrous composition in rhyme, sung, or said, by the clown, and accompanied by dancing and playing upon the pipe and tabor.” Hist. of Engl. Dram. Poetry, vol. iii. p. 380. ( “Farce: >A [fond and dissolute] Play, Comedie, or Enterlude; also, the Iyg at the end of an Enterlude, wherein some prettie knauerie is acted.Cotgrave's Fr. and Engl. Dict. )

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