rig·​ger | \ ˈri-gər How to pronounce rigger (audio) \

Definition of rigger

1 : one that rigs
2 : a long slender pointed sable paintbrush

Examples of rigger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The position is for an assistant to a master rigger — someone mechanically minded who can help a boat specialist, no experience necessary. Carly Olson, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Horton and Vinson worked in different areas on the base, both in active duty, but Horton was a motorpool clerk assigned to the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade and Vinson is a parachute rigger assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 11 May 2021 Prohaska is a Tucson native who started rock climbing at 15, then worked as a research technician and industrial climber for Biosphere 2 before plying his climbing skills as a rigger for circuses and concerts. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, 3 Apr. 2017 Bergen said, noting that Roberta was the daughter of an oil rigger. Gina Mcintyre, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2021 Rosa said at first Garcia did his painting after his workday as a parachute rigger, a job at which Garcia was one of his best, Rosa said. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2020 Garcia arrived in Alaska in 2017 to serve as a rigger, an equipment expert who supports airdrop operations, for the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2020 Amid the coronavirus pandemic, riggers are now making cloth face masks to fight the virus for personnel around the sprawling Army base. USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2020 Nicholson plays Bobby Dupea, an oil rigger and former piano prodigy living in California with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rigger

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rigger was circa 1611

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22 Jul 2021

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“Rigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigger. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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