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[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
a person who rigs.
a person whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.
a person who works with hoisting tackle, cranes, scaffolding, etc.
a protective structure around a construction site.
  1. a mechanic skilled in the assembly, adjustment, and alignment of aircraft control surfaces, wings, and the like.
  2. parachute rigger.
Origin of rigger
First recorded in 1605-15; rig + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Only experience will teach the rigger what tension to employ.

  • The blacksmith, the rigger, the calker, took their pay in shares.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
  • "Are good as ever came from the hand of rigger," said a voice behind them.

    The Red Rover James Fenimore Cooper
  • They are of interest to designers, but this is written for the practical pilot and rigger.

  • In 1851, he moved to Charleston, worked as a rigger, and thereafter led a seafaring life.

  • In order to carry it out methodically, the rigger should have a list of every part down to the smallest split-pin.

  • She kin go 'er fifty knots, an'll be orf like a rigger afore we gits anywheres near 'er.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • This is a rigger's job; but it is well to learn how everything is done, because you may be called upon to do it any moment.

  • The mast of the yacht was stepped during the forenoon, and after dinner the rigger came to do his part of the work.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • I found, however, on application, that I could obtain employment as a rigger in the dockyard; and in that work I spent some years.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for rigger


a workman who rigs vessels, etc
(rowing) a bracket on a racing shell or other boat to support a projecting rowlock
a person skilled in the use of pulleys, lifting gear, cranes, etc
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