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

Word History

First Known Use

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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