[ jig-uh-ree-poh-kuh-ree ]

nounChiefly British.
  1. trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; humbug.

  2. sly, underhanded action.

  1. manipulation: After a little jiggery-pokery, the engine started.

Origin of jiggery-pokery

1890–95; alteration of joukery-pawkery.See jouk, pawky, -ery

Words Nearby jiggery-pokery

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How to use jiggery-pokery in a sentence

  • You don't think any jiggery-pokery of this sort is going to snatch Clayton into the world of shades.

  • Those chaps up there, they'll play jiggery-pokery with sugar if we aren't careful.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • Besides, he's fatter than Belloc and he's a damned jiggery-pokery Papist too!

    Changing Winds | St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for jiggery-pokery


/ (ˈdʒɪɡərɪˈpəʊkərɪ) /

  1. informal, mainly British dishonest or deceitful behaviour or business; trickery

Origin of jiggery-pokery

C19: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery

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