Advertisement

jog (v.)

1540s, "to shake up and down," perhaps altered from Middle English shoggen "to shake, jolt, move with a jerk" (late 14c.), a word of uncertain origin. Meanings "touch or push slightly," "stir up or stimulate by hint or push," and "walk or ride with a jolting pace" all are from 16c.

The modern sense in reference to running as training mostly dates from 1948; at first a regimen for athletes, it became a popular fad c. 1967. Perhaps this sense is extended from its use in horsemanship.

Jogging. The act of exercising, or working a horse to keep him in condition, or to prepare him for a race. There is no development in jogging, and it is wholly a preliminary exercise to bring the muscular organization to the point of sustained, determined action. [Samuel L. Boardman, "Handbook of the Turf," New York, 1910]

Related: Jogged; jogging.

jog (n.)

c. 1600, "act of moving up and down," from jog (v.). Meaning "a slight push or nudge" is from 1630s; meaning "a slow run for fitness or conditioning" is from 1977.

Others Are Reading

Advertisement
Definitions of jog from WordNet
1
jog (v.)
continue talking or writing in a desultory manner;
This novel rambles on and jogs
Synonyms: ramble on / ramble
jog (v.)
even up the edges of a stack of paper, in printing;
Synonyms: square up / even up
jog (v.)
run for exercise;
jog along the canal
jog (v.)
run at a moderately swift pace;
Synonyms: trot / clip
jog (v.)
give a slight push to;
jog (v.)
stimulate to remember;
jog my memory
2
jog (n.)
a sharp change in direction;
there was a jog in the road
jog (n.)
a slow pace of running;
Synonyms: trot / lope
jog (n.)
a slight push or shake;
Synonyms: nudge
From wordnet.princeton.edu