trig

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English trig, tryg, Old Norse tryggr (loyal, faithful, true), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (loyal, faithful, true). Cognate with Old English trēowe (faithful, loyal, true). More at true.

Adjective[edit]

trig (comparative trigger, superlative triggest)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) True; trusty; trustworthy; faithful.
  2. (now chiefly dialectal) Safe; secure.
  3. (now chiefly dialectal) Tight; firm; steady; sound; in good condition or health.
  4. Neat; tidy; trim; spruce; smart.
    • Brit. Quart. Rev.
      To sit on a horse square and trig.
    • 1973, Newsweek 1973, April 16th
      The [torture] stories seemed incongruent with the men telling them – a trim, trig lot who, given a few pounds more flesh, might have stepped right out of a recruiting poster.
  5. (now chiefly dialectal) Active; clever.
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

trig (plural trigs)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A dandy; coxcomb.

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of trigonometry.

Noun[edit]

trig (countable and uncountable, plural trigs)

  1. (uncountable) trigonometry.
  2. (countable, informal) A trigonometric point.

Etymology 3[edit]

See trigger.

Noun[edit]

trig (plural trigs)

  1. (UK) A stone, block of wood, or anything else, placed under a wheel or barrel to prevent motion; a scotch; a skid.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

trig (third-person singular simple present trigs, present participle trigging, simple past and past participle trigged)

  1. (transitive) To stop (a wheel, barrel, etc.) by placing something under it; to scotch; to skid.

Etymology 4[edit]

Compare Danish trykke (to press).

Verb[edit]

trig (third-person singular simple present trigs, present participle trigging, simple past and past participle trigged)

  1. To fill; to stuff; to cram.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. H. More to this entry?)

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *trugaz, *trugą, *truh-, *trauh-, *trawją, from Proto-Indo-European *drAuk(')- (a type of vessel). Akin to Old English trōg (trough).

Noun[edit]

triġ n

  1. a wooden board with a low rim, tray.

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