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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Definitions for jigger

  1. a person or thing that jigs.
  2. Nautical. a. the lowermost sail set on a jiggermast. b. jiggermast. c. a light tackle, as a gun tackle.
  3. any of various mechanical devices, many of which have a jerky or jolting motion.

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Citations for jigger
...he poured himself a jigger of whiskey and swallowed it neat... Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958
"Now, mates," I cried, "let's get upon the fore-top-sail yard and see what we can do there." And up we went, and in three quarters of an hour, with the help of a jigger, we had hauled out the earrings and tied every blessed reef-point in the sail. William Clark Russell, The Wreck of Grosvenor, 1877
Origin of jigger
The origin of jiggers is unknown, though it likley entered English in the late 1600s.
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