adjective Chiefly British.

neat, trim, smart, or spruce.
in good physical condition; sound; well.

verb (used with object), trigged, trig·ging.

Chiefly British Dialect. to make trim, smart, etc. (often followed by up or out).

Origin of trig

1150–1200 for earlier sense; 1505–15 for def 1; Middle English trigg true, trusty < Old Norse tryggr loyal, safe; cognate with Gothic triggws true, faithful. See true
Related formstrig·ness, noun

Synonyms for trig



verb (used with object), trigged, trig·ging. Dialect.

to support or prop, as with a wedge.
to act as a check on (the moving of wheels, vehicles, etc.).


a wedge or block used to prevent a wheel, cask, or the like, from rolling.

Origin of trig

First recorded in 1585–95, trig is from the Old Norse word tryggja to make fast, secure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trigged

Historical Examples of trigged

  • I've paid for the English language, and I want it straight and in short words, and not trigged by a toothpick.

  • My, how she was trigged out in a black satin pelisse lined with fur!

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • They did so: but by the time they had the cask bestowed and trigged up, and had spiled it and inserted a tap, darkness had fallen.

    News from the Duchy

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Almost instantly the horses tore the tongue from the jumper, which was trigged by a bowlder.

  • I got it trigged up, as you see, before it ran amuck to do further damage.


    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for trigged




neat or spruce

verb trigs, trigging or trigged

to make or become trim or spruce
Derived Formstrigly, adverbtrigness, noun

Word Origin for trig

C12 (originally: trusty): of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tryggr true




a wedge or prop

verb trigs, trigging or trigged (tr)

to block or stop
to prop or support

Word Origin for trig

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse tryggja to make secure; see trig 1
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Word Origin and History for trigged



"smart, trim," c.1200, from Old Norse tryggr "firm, trusty, true" (see true (adj.)). A Scottish and northern word only until 19c.

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