• WordNet 3.6
    • n jigger larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation
    • n jigger any small mast on a sailing vessel; especially the mizzenmast of a yawl
    • n jigger a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jigger A thingamajig.
    • Jigger (Pottery) A horizontal table carrying a revolving mold, on which earthen vessels are shaped by rapid motion; a potter's wheel.
    • Jigger (Naut) 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.
    • Jigger A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather; same as Jack, 4 .
    • Jigger (Naut) A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
    • Jigger 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.
    • Jigger (Zoöl) A species of flea (Tunga penetransorSarcopsylla penetransorPulex penetrans), which burrows beneath the skin; called also jigger flea. See Chigoe.
    • Jigger (Naut) A supplementary sail. See Dandy n., 2 .
    • Jigger (Pottery) A template or tool by which vessels are shaped on a potter's wheel.
    • Jigger (Zoöl) 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.
    • Jigger 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jigger One who or that which jigs.
    • n jigger 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. Specifically— A jig or jigging-machine. See extract, and jig, transitive verb, 4.
    • n jigger 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 jigger A small roller used in graining leather.
    • n jigger A templet or profile for giving the form to a pottery vessel as it revolves upon the wheel.
    • n jigger A potters' wheel when used for simple and rapidly made objects, as plain cylindrical vessels and the like.
    • n jigger A coopers' draw-knife
    • n jigger A warehouse-crane.
    • n jigger In coal-mining, a coupling-hook for connecting the cars or trams on an incline.
    • n jigger In billiards, a rest for the cue in making a difficult or awkward shot; a bridge.
    • n jigger 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 jigger A door.
    • n jigger A small tackle composed of a double and single block and a fall, used about the decks of a ship for various purposes.
    • n jigger A sloop-rigged boat at one time used very extensively by the fishermen about Cape Cod, but superseded about 1829 by the dory. A Jigger usually carried four persons. The name belongs to the Bay of Fundy and vicinity, and is sometimes used on the coast of New England.
    • n jigger 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 jigger 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 jigger A drink of whisky.
    • jigger To jerk; shake.
    • n jigger The penetrating flea of the West Indies: same as chigoe.
    • n jigger 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. These acarids belong to an entirely different class from the chigoe, or jigger properly so called, and lay no eggs in the wounds they make. The so-called Leptus americanus and L. irritans are two species to which the name is given. See cut under harvest-tick.
    • n jigger An illicit still.
    • n jigger A leaded hook or gang of hooks used without bait for catching fish by jigging. see jig, 6 .
    • n jigger A machine used for dyeing cloth. See jig-dyer.
    • n jigger In golf, a club with an iron head, between a mashy and a mid-iron, used for approaching.
    • n jigger In wireless telegraphy, a small transformer used for regulating and maintaining the difference of potential between the terminals of a coherer.
    • n jigger 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.
    • jigger To pull (a log) by horsepower over a level place in a slide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jigger jig′gėr a corruption of chigoe.
    • n Jigger jig′gėr anything that jigs: one of many kinds of subsidiary appliances, as an apparatus for separating ores by jolting in sieves in water, a simple potter's wheel or a template or profile used with it, a warehouse crane, the bridge or rest for the cue in billiards: an old-fashioned sloop-rigged boat: a one-horse street car: a machine for exhibiting on a dial at once the prices at which sales are made, controlled by electric mechanism with a key-board:
    • v.t Jigger to jerk or shake
    • n Jigger jig′gėr (slang) a drink of whisky
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corrupt. of chigre,


In literature:

We'll sink like two jiggers if we slips into the water.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Mayo was assigned to the jigger-mast, and went aloft to shake out the topsail.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Firmin's store's next and the Jigger Shop's at the end.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Spink and Jiggers have been thoughtful a long time.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
THE course of his meditations suddenly halted before the Jigger Shop.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Couldn't we get the jigger out and board the runaways by letting them catch us?
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
I drank my first "jigger," as it was called, and then quit.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Why, I were varry near being jiggered mysel one neet.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
And I'm jiggered if I do, either.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Oh, that be jiggered.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett

In poetry:

The PANTHER'S captain stood hard by,
He was a man of morals strict
If e'er a sailor winked his eye,
Straightway he had that sailor licked,
Mast-headed all (such was his code)
Who dashed or jiggered, blessed or blowed.
"Babette's Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He's in Blankby Town Museum now for all the world to see,
With a label underneath him, "Heathen Idol from Fiji";
And if there is a moral in this story strange but true,
Well I only hope you see it — I'll be jiggered if I do!
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Bright salmon were being caught around Shanghai Bend by trollers and jiggers, but you have to get on the water very early to get a decent spot.
On Father's Day, my family and I were sitting under a huge oak tree in front of the Jigger Shop (located in Mount Gretna , PA), while we speedily licked our ice cream before the sun beat us to it.
Jigger's owner Iva Reynhaut talks to her customers, while below waitress Lauren DelSignore totals up some checks.
The Economic Downturn and GOP's Lack of Power Force Family Research Council to Re- jigger .
In light of the economic recession and the Democrats' across-the-board power in Washington, the Family Research Council is doing some re-jiggering.
Jigger 's Grill 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504.828.3555.
Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have announced an agreement to re-jigger the tax code raising roughly $2 billion in revenue beyond what was in place before a temporary surcharge was enacted in 2009.
Shaker (two-piece Boston and/or three-piece cobbler), bar spoons, Hawthorne and tea strainer, jigger, bar knife, juicer, muddler.
Jiggers jigged lighted jigs , jigs stacked three high on the terminal end of their fishing lines.
A new child- resistant jigger for mouthwash is now available from Sunbeam Plastics (Evansville, IN).
The History of Whisk(e)Y in Jiggers and Shots, Edited by William M Down (Sterling Epicure).
1 1/2 ounce jigger dark rum.
1 1/2 ounce jigger Cointreau.