rig·​ger ˈri-gər How to pronounce rigger (audio)
: one that rigs
: a long slender pointed sable paintbrush

Examples of rigger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were medical staff, a weather router, an expert rigger, an electronic systems manager, a sailmaker and many other team members helping Brauer. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 The unnamed rigger fell off the rafters while at Radford Studio Center, located in Studio City in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday morning, Rolling Stone has confirmed. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Toby Keith, a former rodeo hand, oil rigger and semipro football player who became a rowdy king of country music, singing patriotic anthems, wry drinking songs and propulsive odes to cowboy culture that collectively sold more than 40 million records, died Feb. 5 at 62. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 The crew member, identified by the LA County Medical Examiner’s office as 41-year-old Juan Carlos Osorio of Temple City, California, was reportedly a rigger who fell from rafters. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Most of my waking moments onboard are spent lounging by a small saltwater pool up on deck, under the sweeping canopy of canvas, or navigating around the riggers and booms and coils of rope. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Oct. 2023 The same is true of riggers, the crewmembers that use wire, ropes and other mechanisms to execute different action scenes in a production. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Aug. 2023 On Wednesday, sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Swift, 33, recently gave bonuses totaling over $55 million to everyone (from her dancers to riggers, sound technicians and catering, among others) working on her massive show. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 The gifts total more than $55 million and were recently doled out to crew and collaborators including truckers, dancers, riggers, sound technicians, catering staff and more. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigger was circa 1611

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“Rigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigger. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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