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 rigged

Contemporary Examples of rigged

Historical Examples of rigged

  • Galusha, of course, would have rigged me up like the Queen of Sheba, if he had had his way.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I rigged that canvas on the oar as soon as possible," I answered.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She's rigged out like a real peacock; and her face is painted, too.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • On the bench, stout-hulled and bravely masted, was a bark to be rigged.

  • They'd rigged up a battering-ram and allowed they meant to smash in our front door.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for rigged



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 rigged



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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