a person or thing that jigs.
the lowermost sail set on a jiggermast.
a light tackle, as a gun tackle.
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-milliliter) measure used in cocktail recipes.
a small whiskey glass holding 1½ ounces (45 milliliters).
Other definitions for jigger (2 of 3)
Other definitions for jigger (3 of 3)
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.
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How to use jigger in a sentence
When I drank at all, I barely bothered to jigger my pours to get the proportions right.How to garnish cocktails, now that you’re clinking glasses with friends again | M. Carrie Allan | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Every jigger and strainer and bar spoon passes through the hands of several artists, all compensated for their efforts before the company ever turns a profit, which may help account for the high price tag.
Serve it as is from the pot for kids; add a jigger of rum, brandy, or Calvados for the grownups.
I mean, if I was trying to jigger into—well, I guess this is my house now, so [ laughter] it probably wouldn't happen.
“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.
Here a sort of jigger-tackle held them in a bunch bound fast to a single cable, capable of being directed by one arm.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
Turpin treated him as he had done the dub at the knapping jigger, and cleared the driver and his little wain with ease.Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
Something tells me that my tongue is doomed to wag forever to the jigger of that remorseless jingle.Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
If he pulled the mid-iron from his bag the jigger would be placed in nomination.Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan
He said he felt pains in his interior, and drank a jigger of whisky.The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
British Dictionary definitions for jigger (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for jigger (2 of 2)
other names for the chigoe (def. 1)
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