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jiggered

[jig-erd]
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adjective Informal.
  1. confounded; damned: I'm jiggered if I know what that sign means.

Origin of jiggered

1830–40; perhaps jigger3 + -ed2

jigger3

[jig-er]
verb (used with object)
  1. to interfere with.
  2. to manipulate or alter, especially in order to get something done illegally or unethically: to jigger company records to conceal a loss.

Origin of jigger3

1865–70; jig2 (in verbal sense) + -er6
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Examples from the Web for jiggered

Historical Examples

  • I'll be jiggered if the Zeppelin isn't going to have it out with them!

    The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields

    Lieut. Howard Payson

  • Discipline be jiggered—that might do mischief—if you drove it too hard.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

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

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • Mr. Russell read on, and such exclamations as "Well, I'm jiggered!"

  • "I—well I'll be jiggered—" he added, feeling through his pockets.

    Alice in Blunderland

    John Kendrick Bangs


British Dictionary definitions for jiggered

jiggered

adjective (postpositive)
  1. informal damned; blowedI'm jiggered if he'll get away with it
  2. (sometimes foll by up) Scot and Northern English dialect tired out

Word Origin

C19: probably euphemism for buggered; see bugger

jigger1

noun
  1. a person or thing that jigs
  2. golf an iron, now obsolete, with a thin blade, used for hitting long shots from a bare lie
  3. any of a number of mechanical devices having a vibratory or jerking motion
  4. a light lifting tackle used on ships
  5. a small glass, esp for whisky, with a capacity of about one and a half ounces
  6. NZ a light hand- or power-propelled vehicle used on railway lines
  7. 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
  8. Canadian a device used when setting a gill net beneath ice
  9. mining another word for jig (def. 5)
  10. nautical short for jiggermast
  11. billiards another word for bridge 1 (def. 10)
  12. US and Canadian informal a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
  13. Liverpool dialect an alleyway

jigger2

jigger flea

noun
  1. other names for the chigoe (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for jiggered

jigger

n.

"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

jiggered in Medicine

jigger

(jĭgər)
n.
  1. chigger
  2. chigoe