adjective Informal.

confounded; damned: I'm jiggered if I know what that sign means.

Origin of jiggered

1830–40; perhaps jigger3 + -ed2



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.

Origin of jigger

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

Historical Examples of jiggered

  • But yest'day I'm jiggered if I didn't see him mendin' his pasture fence.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

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

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • "Well—I'll—be—jiggered," he exclaimed, looking about again in dismay.

  • With a small Bulldog I found, hooked, and strove with a fish that bored and jiggered most unconscionably.

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for jiggered


adjective (postpositive)

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

Word Origin for jiggered

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 (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



jigger flea


other names for the chigoe (def. 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.

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Medicine definitions for jiggered




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