Main definitions of jigger in English

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Pronunciation /ˈjiɡər/ /ˈdʒɪɡər/

noun

  • 1A machine or vehicle with a part that rocks or moves back and forth, e.g., a jigsaw.

    ‘they invented a jigger that pulls nets under the ice’
    • ‘The newly-diagnosed disease causes fingers to turn white and numb as a result of using hand-held vibrating tools such as pneumatic drills and jigger picks.’
    • ‘Machines called jiggers and jolleys are used to make tableware in ceramics factories.’
    • ‘With a working width of 4.5 meters, the HT jigger is the largest such dyeing unit installed in Italy.’
  • 2A person who dances a jig.

  • 3A small fore-and-aft sail set at the stern of a ship.

    1. 3.1A small tackle consisting of a double and single block or two single blocks with a rope.
      ‘What is needed is an incentive for fishers in New Zealand waters to use jiggers, a ban on trawling would do that.’
      ‘And no squid is safe from the Seattle squid jiggers who flock to the docks at dusk and stay into the wee hours of the night, hoping to catch a few.’
  • 4A measure or small glass of spirits or wine.

    ‘a jigger or two of rum’
    • ‘Require the use of jiggers or pre-measured dispensing systems, and buy high-quality shot glasses with pour lines marked on them.’
    • ‘One drink is one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one jigger of hard liquor.’
    • ‘Use a jigger or similar device to ensure that the amount of alcohol is consistent.’
    • ‘A more personal synergy of my own: a jigger of Harvey's turns a fine chili to ambrosia.’
    • ‘The ‘medicine’ that Amelia spoke of was actually a jigger of brandy followed by three pints of water.’
    • ‘I'll have a jigger in your honor… my honor is questionable these days.’
    • ‘Maybe after a jigger of scotch and a snort of ecstasy, you'll be more inclined to eat and enjoy these pretzels.’
    • ‘If you must rely on a home remedy, the best is a jigger of pickle juice.’
    • ‘The game lasted about an hour and half, which I think is the shelf life of a jigger of Geritol.’
    • ‘Some cocktail jiggers include a handle of some sort attached to them.’
    • ‘I still remember steeling myself to down the glass of the vile red stuff like a sailor knocks back a jigger of rot gut and then shakes all over.’
  • 5Golf
    dated A metal golf club with a narrow face.

    ‘Clubs were named rather than numbered so I have jiggers, cleeks, mashies, spoons [and] mussel-backs all represented in the sculpture.’
  • 6US Used to refer to a thing whose name one does not know or does not wish to mention.

    ‘see them little jiggers?’
    • ‘Despite the funny name, this little jigger has a top speed of 395 kph (250 mph in the old money) and does the 0-100 kph in an unbelievable 3.2 seconds.’
    • ‘To stick one of these little jiggers in the garage will set you back 2.6 million, or 2.7 fully loaded, as they say in the trade.’
    • ‘The power to weight ratio is incredible, and riding one of these jiggers goes down as my all-time most frightening buzz!’
    • ‘I came to the conclusion that I missed having one of these jiggers at the office.’
    • ‘While I was in Oz last week I took the opportunity to have a steer of one of these little jiggers.’
    • ‘This little jigger features a 660 cc petrol engine mated to a very small electric motor.’
    • ‘If this little jigger hasn't been strongly influenced by the Audi TT I'll eat my hat, and my Shenanigans T shirt for dessert.’

transitive verb

[with object]informal
  • Rearrange or tamper with.

    • ‘conventional price indexes often jigger the market basket's content’
    • ‘Feldstein mentions some revenue-neutral tax jiggering that could be stimulative, but that sounds like fairly ordinary tax policy stuff to me.’
    • ‘That didn't stop them from paying $1.63 billion this week for Overture, a company whose specialty is selling the ability to jigger search results.’
    • ‘It says it wants 10 percent minority representation, and then they have to jigger the system to figure out how to reach that number.’
    • ‘And if we jigger the foundation design to suit the purposes of organizations that will likely be dead in 15 years, how shortsighted is that?’
    • ‘A four-minute featurette gives you an idea of what work was necessary to jigger the film down to a PG - 13 rating.’
    • ‘Cathy's an ace with the computer and knows how to jigger the DNA analyser database to delete the log entry for a test run.’
    • ‘Tax cuts and benefit increases are cynically jiggered to mesh with an increasingly mythical congressional budget plan.’
    • ‘Public protestations aside, she says, ‘Clinicians know privately that results can be jiggered.’’
    • ‘I've jiggered my knee, by the way - no, please, no sympathy - and it really hurts.’
    • ‘We combat disease, we keep out the weather, we grow more crops, and we can jigger with our social arrangements as well.’
    • ‘That adds it to the network, without any need to jigger with complex settings.’
    • ‘No matter how I jigger and poke this test, I can't make it say I'll live until 100.’
    • ‘In the broadest sense, the jiggering of the American vote is one of the more routine facts of political life.’
    • ‘‘It'd take a lot of jiggering about and testing,’ the PFY warns.’
    • ‘Will Microsoft jigger Pd to prevent Linux from running?’
    modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance

Origin

Mid 16th century (originally a slang word for a door): from the verb jig.

Pronunciation

jigger

/ˈjiɡər/ /ˈdʒɪɡər/

Main definitions of jigger in English

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noun