from gigue. A short piece of music much in vogue in
olden times, of a very lively character, either
six-eight or twelve-eight time, and used for dance-tunes. It
consists of two parts, each of eight bars. Also a comic song.
“You jig, you amble, and you lisp.” —Shakespeare: Hamlet, iii. l.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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