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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Related Words for jiggering

shimmy, wiggle, twitch, fidget, jig, jigger, jerk, jog, agitate, shimmer, shake, bob, vellicate, joggle

Examples from the Web for jiggering

Historical Examples of jiggering

  • No, this was not a "jiggering" fish; but he was a pretty lively customer, for all that, as they were soon to find out.

    Prince Fortunatus

    William Black

British Dictionary definitions for jiggering




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 jiggering



"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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jiggering in Medicine




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