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jig sb. (3 cf. Cotgr. s.v. ‘Farce,’ ‘the Iyg at the end of an Enterlude, wherein some pretie knauerie is acted’)
1. lively, rapid kind of dance Ado II. i. 79 “hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig,” Tw.N. I. iii. 140 “My very walk should be a jig” ; music for such a dance, rapid, lively dance-tune LLL. IV. iii. 168 “to tune a jig.”
2. (?) lively, jocular ballad Sonn. Music iii. 9 [Pilgr. 253].
3. lively, comic, or farcical performance given at the end or in an interval of a play Ham. II. ii. 530 [522] “he's for a jig or a tale of bawdry”; so “jigmaker” III. ii. 133.
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