- a person or thing that jigs.
- any of various mechanical devices, many of which have a jerky or jolting motion.
- Informal. some contrivance, article, or part that one cannot or does not name more precisely: What is that little jigger on the pistol?
- Ceramics. a machine for forming plates or the like in a plaster mold rotating beneath a template.
- Mining. a jig for separating ore.
- a jig for fishing.
- Golf. a club with an iron head intermediate between a mashie and a midiron, now rarely used.
- Billiards, Pool. a bridge.
- a 1½-oz. (45-ml) measure used in cocktail recipes.
- a small whiskey glass holding 1½ ounces (45 ml).
Origin of jigger1
Origin of jigger2
- 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.
Origin of jigger3
Related Words for jiggercontraption, widget, business, apparatus, utensil, tool, object, appliance, doodad, thing, invention, contrivance, thingamajig, gimmick, concern, doohickey, gizmo, whatchamacallit, sip, shot
Examples from the Web for jigger
Contemporary Examples of jigger
Serve it as is from the pot for kids; add a jigger of rum, brandy, or Calvados for the grownups.The Perfect Holiday Cocktail
December 15, 2009
I mean, if I was trying to jigger into—well, I guess this is my house now, so [ laughter] it probably wouldn't happen.Obama's Insecure Slip
July 27, 2009
“I mean, if I was trying to jigger into—well, I guess this is my house now, so it probably wouldn't happen,” he explained.Obama's New Enemies
July 23, 2009
Historical Examples of jigger
The jigger had been made and bent, and a suitable mast was stepped by means of the roof.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
While examining her with our glasses, a sail was set on her jigger mast.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844
William C. Hunter
Jigger, a secret still for the manufacture of illicit spirits.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
It had a close resemblance to the jigger of yawl-rigged yachts.
Overhaul a buntline a little, bend the jigger to it, and trice up on deck.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
- 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 (def. 5)
- nautical short for jiggermast
- billiards another word for bridge 1 (def. 10)
- US and Canadian informal a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
- Liverpool dialect an alleyway
- other names for the chigoe (def. 1)
"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.