Definition of tig in English:


verb & noun

  • another term for tag
    • ‘I saw boys and girls playing tig, football and chasing each other around the manicured green area adjacent to the school.’
    • ‘Years ago, children played football and tig in the street, but they are not necessarily doing that any more and we are trying to come up with things that they like, to get them active again.’
    • ‘They move around Leslie Travers' park design and climbing wall in free-running moves choreographed by Wayne Stables; they play tig, until Nicola plays a more dangerous game.’
    • ‘They are stone deaf, they fly up and down the road and play tig with the buses.’
    • ‘Even so, it is clearly an expensive alternative to football in the park or tig in the playground.’
    • ‘The chasing games alone include Disney tig (you shout ‘Mickey Mouse’ if caught), toilet tig (requiring a flushing arm movement) and ghost tig (played with eyes closed).’
    • ‘So time went by very fast, we were now playing outdoor games like tig, hide and seek and marbles or ‘Taws’, as we knew them.’
    • ‘Will and Ben deserted Jim at the gate to the dusty yard to pay tig with the chickens they had to put in the coop.’
    • ‘Sadly, it was not painless for Lucy who loves nothing more than to run and play tig with other dogs.’
    • ‘We had a good time and had a couple of games of tig.’
    • ‘Tales were told of playing hopscotch, tig and gerallies, of home births, courting and marriages.’
    • ‘Playtime is good fun and we play basketball, tig and football.’
    • ‘Thanks to the wheelchair she can fetch things herself and even enjoy a game of tig with her brothers.’
    • ‘It seems that after school we always played out, all our games were on the streets, statues, tig, truth or dare.’


Early 18th century: perhaps a variant of the verb tick.