noun (1)
jig·​ger | \ ˈji-gər How to pronounce jigger (audio) \

Definition of jigger

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a measure used in mixing drinks that usually holds 1 to 2 ounces (30 to 60 milliliters)
2 : one that jigs or operates a jig
3 : any of several sails
5a(1) : a mechanical device usually with a jerky reciprocating motion
(2) : a mold or a machine incorporating a revolving mold on which ceramic items (such as plates) are formed


jiggered; jiggering; jiggers

Definition of jigger (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to jerk up and down

transitive verb

: to alter or rearrange especially by manipulating jigger an election district


noun (2)

Definition of jigger (Entry 3 of 3)

2 or less commonly jigger flea : chigoe sense 1

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First Known Use of jigger

Noun (1)

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1867, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jigger


frequentative of jig entry 2

Noun (2)

perhaps from Wolof jiga insect

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The first known use of jigger was in 1675

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“Jigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jigger. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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jig·​ger | \ ˈjig-ər How to pronounce jigger (audio) \

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