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[jig-erd] /ˈdʒɪg ərd/
adjective, Informal.
confounded; damned:
I'm jiggered if I know what that sign means.
Origin of jiggered
1830-40; perhaps jigger3 + -ed2


[jig-er] /ˈdʒɪg ər/
verb (used with object)
to interfere with.
to manipulate or alter, especially in order to get something done illegally or unethically:
to jigger company records to conceal a loss.
1865-70; jig2 (in verbal sense) + -er6 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for jiggered
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  • "Well, I'm jiggered," Mr. Garratt answered, after a moment's hesitation.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • I'll be jiggered if the Zeppelin isn't going to have it out with them!

  • It's a good-lookin' boat, but it's jiggered the other bunch.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Then he came slowly up, and ‘jiggered’ savagely at the line.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • There's a torpedo craft of sorts away to the nor'-east, and I'm jiggered if I don't think she's chasing us.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • Mr. Russell read on, and such exclamations as "Well, I'm jiggered!"

  • "Well, I'll be jiggered," muttered Billie when there came a cry across the river—Stanley calling for help.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • The constable poked his head in and said, Well, Ill be jiggered!

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • She was always drunk with the jiggered gin; and one day she fell into the fire and was burnt to death.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • I'll apologize, Wilks, for the deipnosophist part of it, but I'll be jiggered if I'll be responsible for your nasty gastronomy.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for jiggered


adjective (postpositive)
(informal) damned; blowed: I'm jiggered if he'll get away with it
(sometimes foll by up) (Scot & Northern English, dialect) tired out
Word Origin
C19: probably euphemism for buggered; see bugger


a person or thing that jigs
(golf) an iron, now obsolete, with a thin blade, used for hitting long shots from a bare lie
any of a number of mechanical devices having a vibratory or jerking motion
a light lifting tackle used on ships
a small glass, esp for whisky, with a capacity of about one and a half ounces
(NZ) a light hand- or power-propelled vehicle used on railway lines
(engineering) a type of hydraulic lift in which a hydraulic ram operates the lift through a block and tackle which increases the length of the stroke
(Canadian) a device used when setting a gill net beneath ice
(mining) another word for jig (sense 5)
(nautical) short for jiggermast
(billiards) another word for bridge1 (sense 10)
(US & Canadian, informal) a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
(Liverpool, dialect) an alleyway


other names for the chigoe (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for jiggered



"1.5-ounce shot glass," 1836, American English, in early use also of the drink itself, from jigger "illicit distillery" (1824), of unknown origin; or else perhaps from jigger, a 1756 alteration of chigger "tiny mite or flea." As a name for various appliances, the word is attested by 1825, from jig.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jiggered in Medicine

jigger jig·ger2 (jĭg'ər)

  1. See chigger.

  2. See chigoe.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for jiggered


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i'll be damned



  1. An artificially made sore, usually on the arm or leg, useful in begging: whether it will pay to use his ''jigger'' (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. A liquor glass of one-anda-half ounce capacity; shot glass (1857+)
  3. thingamajig (1874+)


  1. To interfere with; queer: jigger our riding on the railroad (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. To tamper with or falsify; doctor: There is pressure from Casey to jigger estimates/ how the gold trading was jiggered (1970s+)

Related Terms

doodad, i'll be damned

[giger, ''lock,'' is found by 1612, apparently coined by Thomas Dekker, and is probably the source of the third noun sense]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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