Jiggers



[jig-erz] /ˈdʒɪg ərz/

interjection, Slang.
1.
watch out:
Jiggers! the cops are coming!
[jig-er] /ˈdʒɪg ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that jigs.
2.
Nautical.

3.
any of various mechanical devices, many of which have a jerky or jolting motion.
4.
Informal. some contrivance, article, or part that one cannot or does not name more precisely:
What is that little jigger on the pistol?
5.
Ceramics. a machine for forming plates or the like in a plaster mold rotating beneath a template.
6.
Mining. a jig for separating ore.
7.
a jig for fishing.
8.
Golf. a club with an iron head intermediate between a mashie and a midiron, now rarely used.
9.
Billiards, Pool. a bridge.
10.

[jig-er] /ˈdʒɪg ər/
noun
1.
Also called jigger flea. .
2.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. .
[jig-er] /ˈdʒɪg ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to interfere with.
2.
to manipulate or alter, especially in order to get something done illegally or unethically:
to jigger company records to conceal a loss.
/ˈdʒɪɡə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that jigs
2.
(golf) an iron, now obsolete, with a thin blade, used for hitting long shots from a bare lie
3.
any of a number of mechanical devices having a vibratory or jerking motion
4.
a light lifting tackle used on ships
5.
a small glass, esp for whisky, with a capacity of about one and a half ounces
6.
(NZ) a light hand- or power-propelled vehicle used on railway lines
7.
(engineering) a type of hydraulic lift in which a hydraulic ram operates the lift through a block and tackle which increases the length of the stroke
8.
(Canadian) a device used when setting a gill net beneath ice
9.
(mining) another word for jig (sense 5)
10.
(nautical) short for jiggermast
11.
(billiards) another word for bridge1 (sense 10)
12.
(US & Canadian, informal) a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
13.
(Liverpool, dialect) an alleyway
/ˈdʒɪɡə/
noun
1.
other names for the chigoe (sense 1)
n.

“1.5-ounce shot glass,” 1836, American English, in early use also of the drink itself, from jigger “illicit distillery” (1824), of unknown origin; or else perhaps from jigger, a 1756 alteration of chigger “tiny mite or flea.” As a name for various appliances, the word is attested by 1825, from jig.

jigger jig·ger2 (jĭg’ər)
n.

interjection

An exclamation of alarm and warning: Jiggers, the heat’s here

[probably connected with British dialect jigger, ”constable, police officer,” found by 1857]

noun

verb

Related Terms

doodad, i’ll be damned

[giger, ”lock,” is found by 1612, apparently coined by Thomas Dekker, and is probably the source of the third noun sense]

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