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  1. a person who rigs.
  2. a person whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.
  3. a person who works with hoisting tackle, cranes, scaffolding, etc.
  4. a protective structure around a construction site.
  5. Aeronautics.
    1. a mechanic skilled in the assembly, adjustment, and alignment of aircraft control surfaces, wings, and the like.
    2. parachute rigger.
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Origin of rigger

First recorded in 1605–15; rig + -er1
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Examples from the Web for rigger

Historical Examples

  • Only experience will teach the rigger what tension to employ.

    The Aeroplane Speaks

    H. Barber

  • The blacksmith, the rigger, the calker, took their pay in shares.

  • "Are good as ever came from the hand of rigger," said a voice behind them.

    The Red Rover

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • They are of interest to designers, but this is written for the practical pilot and rigger.

  • In 1851, he moved to Charleston, worked as a rigger, and thereafter led a seafaring life.

British Dictionary definitions for rigger


  1. a workman who rigs vessels, etc
  2. rowing a bracket on a racing shell or other boat to support a projecting rowlock
  3. a person skilled in the use of pulleys, lifting gear, cranes, etc
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