- having ragged notches, points, or teeth; zigzag: the jagged edge of a saw; a jagged wound.
- having a harsh, rough, or uneven quality.
- a sharp projection on an edge or surface.
verb (used with object), jagged, jag·ging.
- to cut or slash, especially in points or pendants along the edge; form notches, teeth, or ragged points in.
verb (used without object), jagged, jag·ging.
- to move with a jerk; jog.
- having sharp projecting notches; ragged; serrate
verb jags, jagging or jagged
- (tr) to cut unevenly; make jagged
- Australian to catch (fish) by impaling them on an unbaited hook
- a jagged notch or projection
- intoxication from drugs or alcohol
- a bout of drinking or drug taking
- a period of uncontrolled activitya crying jag
- informal a Jaguar car: often understood as a symbol of affluence
- Judge Advocate General
mid-15c., from verb jaggen (c.1400) “to pierce, slash, cut; to notch or nick; cut or tear unevenly,” Scottish and northern English, of unknown origin. Originally of garments with regular “toothed” edges; meaning “with the edge irregularly cut” is from 1570s. Related: Jaggedly; jaggedness.
“period of unrestrained activity,” 1887, American English, perhaps via intermediate sense of “as much drink as a man can hold” (1670s), from earlier meaning “load of hay or wood” (1590s), of unknown origin. Used in U.S. colloquial speech from 1834 to mean “a quantity, a lot.”
“slash or rend in a garment,” c.1400, of unknown origin.