verb (used with object), rigged, rig·ging.


Verb Phrases

rig down, Nautical. to place in an inactive state, stowing all lines, tackles, and other removable parts.
rig up, to equip or set up for use.

Origin of rig

1480–90; 1930–35 for def 4; probably < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish rigg (noun), rigga (v.)
Related formsout·rig, verb (used with object), out·rigged, out·rig·ging.o·ver·rigged, adjectiveun·der·rigged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rig

Contemporary Examples of rig

Historical Examples of rig

  • Even as he was speaking they had helped Mortimer from the rig.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "I'll send the rig in, t'morrow, if there's anything yuh want," he remarked.

  • I can rig up a handy horse-stall with my spare spars and the grating.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Why, it's a mad thing you are doing, coming to meet me in that rig out!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • But, as you need him, I suppose I must get my rig and driver somewhere else.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for rig



verb rigs, rigging or rigged (tr)

nautical to equip (a vessel, mast, etc) with (sails, rigging, etc)
nautical to set up or prepare ready for use
to put the components of (an aircraft, etc) into their correct positions
to manipulate in a fraudulent manner, esp for profitto rig prices; to rig an election


nautical the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas depositsan oil rig In full: drilling rig
apparatus or equipment; gear
an amateur radio operator's transmitting and receiving set
US and Canadian a carriage together with one or more horses
mainly US and Canadian an articulated lorry

Word Origin for rig

C15: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian rigga to wrap




Scot and Northern English dialect a ridge or raised strip of unploughed land in a ploughed field

Word Origin for rig

a variant of ridge
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Word Origin and History for rig

late 15c., originally nautical, "to fit with sails," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish, Norwegian rigge "to equip," Swedish rigga "to rig, harness"), though these may be from English; perhaps ultimately from PIE *reig- "to bind." Slang meaning "to pre-arrange or tamper with results" is attested from 1938, perhaps a different word, from rig (n.) "a trick, swindle, scheme" (1775), earlier "sport, banter, ridicule" (1725), of unknown origin. Also there is rig (v.) "ransack" from 1560s, likewise of unknown origin. Related: Rigged; rigging.


"distinctive arrangement of sails, masts, etc. on a ship," 1822, from rig (v.). Extended to costume, clothing outfit (1843); horse-drawn vehicle (1831), which led to sense of "truck, bus, etc." (1851); and apparatus for well-sinking (1875).

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