from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who jigs or operates a jig.
  • n. A small measure for liquor, usually holding 1 1/2 ounces.
  • n. This amount of liquor.
  • n. A device, such as a drill, that operates with a jerking or jolting motion.
  • n. Nautical A light all-purpose tackle.
  • n. Nautical A small sail set in the stern of a yawl or similar boat.
  • n. Nautical A boat having such a sail.
  • n. Nautical A jigger mast.
  • n. Informal An article or a device, the name of which eludes one.
  • n. See chigger.
  • n. See chigoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A double-ended vessel, generally of stainless steel or other metal, one end of which typically measures 1 1/2 fluid ounces, the other typically 1 fluid ounce.
  • n. One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  • n. The sieve used in jigging ore.
  • n. A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  • n. A horizontal lathe used in producing flatware.
  • n. A device used in the dyeing of cloth.
  • n. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather.
  • n. A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera.
  • n. A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  • n. A light tackle, consisting of a double and single block and the fall, used for various purposes, as to increase the purchase on a topsail sheet in hauling it home; the watch tackle.
  • n. The smallest mast on a ship.
  • n. A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  • n. A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes. It consists of a plank of wood with an arm on it with a sharp metal tooth on the end of the arm. A rope is tied to the arm which, when pulled, propels the plank along the underside of the ice because the tooth catches the ice. Releasing the rope allows the tooth to sink away from the ice, and when the rope is tightened again, the tooth grabs the ice farther along, allowing the jigger to crawl along the underside of the ice.
  • n. (dated) An alleyway separating the backs of two rows of houses.
  • v. To alter or adjust, particularly in ways not originally intended.
  • v. To use a jigger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of flea (Tunga penetrans, or Sarcopsylla penetrans, or Pulex penetrans), which burrows beneath the skin; called also jigger flea. See chigoe.
  • n. Any one of several species of small red mites (esp. Tetranychus irritans and Tetranychus Americanus) of the family Trombiculidae, which, in the larval or leptus stage, burrow beneath the skin of man and various animals, causing great annoyance. Also called chigger.
  • n. One who, or that which, jigs; specifically, a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging; also, the sieve used in jigging.
  • n.
  • n. A horizontal table carrying a revolving mold, on which earthen vessels are shaped by rapid motion; a potter's wheel.
  • n. A template or tool by which vessels are shaped on a potter's wheel.
  • n.
  • n. A light tackle, consisting of a double and single block and the fall, used for various purposes, as to increase the purchase on a topsail sheet in hauling it home; the watch tackle.
  • n. A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  • n. A supplementary sail. See Dandy, n., 2 (b).
  • n. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather; same as Jack, 4 (i).
  • n. A small glass or measuring vessel holding 11/2 ounces (45 ml), used mostly for measuring liquor or drinking whiskey; also, the quantity of liquid held in a jigger.
  • n. A thingamajig.
  • transitive v. To move, send, or drive with a jerk; to jerk; also, to drive or send over with a jerk, as a golf ball.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To jerk; shake.
  • To pull (a log) by horsepower over a level place in a slide.
  • n. One who or that which jigs.
  • n. A small, light, or light-running mechanical contrivance or utensil, causing or having when in use a rapid jerky motion; also, by extension, any subordinate mechanical contrivance or convenience to which no more definite name is attached.
  • n. A machine for hardening and condensing felt by repeated quick blows with rods, by the action of vibrating platens, or by intermittent rolling action on the material while warm and wet.
  • n. A small roller used in graining leather.
  • n. A templet or profile for giving the form to a pottery vessel as it revolves upon the wheel.
  • n. A potters' wheel when used for simple and rapidly made objects, as plain cylindrical vessels and the like.
  • n. A coopers' draw-knife
  • n. A warehouse-crane.
  • n. In coal-mining, a coupling-hook for connecting the cars or trams on an incline.
  • n. In billiards, a rest for the cue in making a difficult or awkward shot; a bridge.
  • n. A sort of small spanker-sail, set on a Jigger-mast in the stern of a canoe or other small craft, especially in Chesapeake Bay.
  • n. A door.
  • n. A small tackle composed of a double and single block and a fall, used about the decks of a ship for various purposes.
  • n. A sloop-rigged boat at one time used very extensively by the fishermen about Cape Cod, but superseded about 1829 by the dory.
  • n. A small street-railway car, drawn by one horse, and usually without a conductor, the driver giving change and the fare being deposited in a box.
  • n. A machine now generally used in the produce exchanges of American cities, which exhibits on a conspicuous dial the prices at which sales are made as the transactions occur. The hand or pointer is controlled by electric mechanism connected with a keyboard.
  • n. A drink of whisky.
  • n. The penetrating flea of the West Indies: same as chigoe.
  • n. In the United States, a name of sundry harvest-mites or harvest-ticks which, though normally plant-feeders, fasten to the skin of human beings and cause great irritation.
  • n.
  • n. An illicit still.
  • n. A leaded hook or gang of hooks used without bait for catching fish by jigging. see jig, 6 .
  • n. A machine used for dyeing cloth. See jig-dyer.
  • n. In golf, a club with an iron head, between a mashy and a mid-iron, used for approaching.
  • n. In wireless telegraphy, a small transformer used for regulating and maintaining the difference of potential between the terminals of a coherer.
  • n. In the Royal Mint, a small weight which it is necessary, in certain cases, to add to a given number of coins to make an exact pound in weight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any small mast on a sailing vessel; especially the mizzenmast of a yawl
  • n. a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
  • n. larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation


Variant of chigger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • But, to suggest that making drinks using a jigger is the only way, and that it is more precise, is a completely false notion.

    Karl Kozel: Measure For Measure

  • To suggest that making drinks using a jigger is the only way, and that it is more precise, is a completely false notion.

    Karl Kozel: Measure For Measure

  • I understand how one can derive that measuring with a jigger is more precise, and perhaps more profitable for beverage operations.

    Karl Kozel: Measure For Measure

  • But these new establishments and the consultants that come out of them are holding onto a tenet that says that not using a jigger is just sloppy bartending.

    Karl Kozel: Measure For Measure

  • A jigger is a little dirty insect like a white tick that gets into your foot, under your toe-nail if possible, burrows, and makes a large bag of eggs.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • The jigger is the standard method for making dinner plates, soup bowls, teacups, and similar forms.

    3. Main product lines and forming options

  • Abaft the main-mast were the mizzen, carrying one sail, on a lateen yard, one arm of which nearly touched the deck; and the bonaventure mizzen (which we now call the jigger) rigged in exactly the same way.

    On the Spanish Main Or, Some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien.

  • That may be true to a certain extent when the ball is lying nicely, but we are not always favoured with this good fortune, and I have no hesitation in saying that for inferior or cuppy lies the jigger is a very ineffectual instrument.

    The Complete Golfer

  • These latter, that is to say the jigger-mast and the small lug, we stretched over the stern-sheets of the longboat in the same way as we had dealt with the gig, leading the yoke lines forward on top of the sail, so that the steering arrangements might not be interfered with.

    A Middy in Command A Tale of the Slave Squadron

  • The third mast was stepped on the taffrail; it was small, and carried a little sail, that, in English, is termed a jigger, its principal use being to press the bows of the craft up to the wind, when close-hauled, and render her what is termed weatherly.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet


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