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Etymology 1[edit]

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


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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) British Quarterly Review
      To sit on a horse square and trig.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, [].
    • 1973, Newsweek, April 16
      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.


trig (plural trigs)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of trigonometry.


trig (countable and uncountable, plural trigs)

  1. (uncountable) Trigonometry.
  2. (surveying, countable, informal) A trigonometric point, trig point.

Etymology 3[edit]

See trigger.


trig (plural trigs)

  1. (Britain) 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?)
  2. The mark for players at skittles, etc.


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).


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?)



Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


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



triġ n

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