- neat, trim, smart, or spruce.
- in good physical condition; sound; well.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to make trim, smart, etc. (often followed by up or out).
Origin of trig2
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
- 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 trig3
First recorded in 1585–95, trig is from the Old Norse word tryggja to make fast, secure
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Examples from the Web for trigged
I've paid for the English language, and I want it straight and in short words, and not trigged by a toothpick.When Egypt Went Broke
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.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
I got it trigged up, as you see, before it ran amuck to do further damage.Foe-Farrell
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- neat or spruce
- to make or become trim or spruce
C12 (originally: trusty): of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tryggr true
- a wedge or prop
- to block or stop
- to prop or support
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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