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Etymology 1[edit]

Variant of gigot.


jigget (plural jiggets)

  1. A leg (of meat, regarded as food); a gigot of beef or lamb or other meat.
    a jigget of beef
    jiggets of mutton

Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly related to jiggle.


jigget (third-person singular simple present jiggets, present participle jiggetting or jiggeting, simple past and past participle jiggetted or jiggeted)

  1. (dated) To gad; to move from one place to another in a (seemingly) flippant or idle manner.
    • 1814, Fanny Burney, The Wanderer, or, Female difficulties, page 290:
      " [] and jiggetting to outlandish countries, you'll do well to give her a hint to keep astern of me; for I shall never uphold a person who behaves o' that sort."
    • 1818, Mary Russel Mitford, in a letter to William Elford, The Life of Mary Russell Mitford, page 288:
      I don't believe he is ever two days in a place — always jiggeting about from one great house to another.
    • 1831, Walter Scott, The Abbot, in Waverley novels, volume 19, page 230:
      [] here you stand jiggetting, and sniggling, and looking cunning, as if there were some mighty matter of intrigue and common understanding betwixt you and me, whom you never set your eyes on before!
    • 1901, Rudyard Kipling, chapter 9, in Kim:
      Of all the boys hurrying back to St Xavier's, from Sukkur in the sands to Galle beneath the palms, none was so filled with virtue as Kimball O'Hara, jiggetting down to Umballa behind Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, []
    • 1906, Richard Davey, The pageant of London, volume 2, page 365:
      [] but although he knew his Queen was dead, he went on jiggetting as if nothing had happened!