jag, verb transitive

/jax/
Forms:
jaag, yachShow more Also jaag, yach, yag, yah.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans ja, jag to chase or hunt (from Dutch jagen or jachten).
obs.
To chase, hunt, or pursue (game); to urge on (domestic animals).
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life I. 119I directed Cobus to ride round and ‘jag’ them up to me.
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life II. 362These being very wild, I yached them on the Boer principle.
1853 W.R. King Campaigning in Kaffirland 80On the plain we had the good fortune to fall in with several herd of spring-bok...A party of Dutch Boers jagging them and firing above, drove a herd in our direction, giving us some splendid shots.
a1867 Captain Harris in C.J. Andersson Lion & Elephant (1873) 329It is usual to ‘yah’ the elephant — that is, ride with him before firing.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 567Yag, or Yah, To, (D jachten, to hurry, to pursue eagerly.) To urge animals to a quicker pace; to drive animals in a certain direction. The two Dutch words jagen and jachten are etymologically the same, and as used in Cape Dutch their meanings overlap, if they are not confused.
To chase, hunt, or pursue (game); to urge on (domestic animals).

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