jiggers

[ jig-erz ]
/ ˈdʒɪg ərz /
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interjection Slang.

watch out: Jiggers! the cops are coming!

Nearby words

  1. jig,
  2. jig back,
  3. jig is up,
  4. jigaboo,
  5. jigawa,
  6. jiggered,
  7. jiggermast,
  8. jiggers,
  9. jiggery-pokery,
  10. jiggle

Origin of jiggers

perhaps jigger, as in jiggered + -s3

jigger

1
[ jig-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪg ər /

noun

Origin of jigger

1
First recorded in 1665–75; jig1 + -er1

jigger

2
[ jig-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪg ər /

noun

Also called jigger flea. chigoe.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. chigger.

Origin of jigger

2
First recorded in 1750–60; variant of chigger

jigger

3
[ jig-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪg ər /

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

3
1865–70; jig2 (in verbal sense) + -er6

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British Dictionary definitions for jiggers

jigger

1
/ (ˈdʒɪɡə) /

noun

jigger

2

jigger flea

/ (ˈdʒɪɡə) /

noun

other names for the chigoe (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for jiggers

jigger

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for jiggers

jigger

[ jĭgər ]

n.

chigger
chigoe

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