1
: manipulated or controlled by deceptive or dishonest means
a rigged election
Attempts to pass a rigged repatriation bill are exhibit A of what enrages Americans about Washington and Wall Street.Brent Budowsky
His reluctance stemmed not from a lack of mercy but from his sense that pardons were a rigged game, tilted in favor of offenders with political connections.Massimo Calabresi et al.
2
: fitted out with rigging of a specified kind
The Cornish lugger was a small, two-masted, fore-and-aft rigged boat.Mark Kurlansky
When she enters service in the fall of 1999, only the second five-masted full rigged ship ever built, she will bear the moniker of "the largest true sailing ship afloat today."Kevin Haydon

Examples of rigged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson’s Trump pokes fun at Trump’s rigged election claims, too. Anne McCarthy, Variety, 19 May 2024 Courts have repeatedly rejected claims of fraudulent or rigged elections. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 23 Apr. 2024 In Smith’s hands, images of justice and safety warp into a carnival of faceless judges and rigged games. Allison Noelle Conner, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Volkov said the election day actions won't stop the Kremlin producing a rigged result, but will undercut its claims there is near universal support for Putin. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2024 But a rigged contest marks the death of democracy and renders all the other essential pillars irrelevant, because the people no longer have a meaningful say over who governs. Brian Klaas, The Atlantic, 14 Mar. 2024 Republicans said Trump getting charged while prosecutors recommended not charging Biden is proof of a rigged justice system. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 Hackers started sending rigged documents as attachments in emails with what appeared to be important information that should be read immediately. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2024 This flexible finger sleeve has a rigged tip that gently massages your clit, nipples, and erogenous zones like none other. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigged was in 1500

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“Rigged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigged. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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