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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dustin Grady served in the Navy from 2003 to 2007 as a parachute rigger aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, working with aircraft pilots. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 14 Nov. 2022 Isaiah Wilkins, a gay police officer in Georgia; a transgender lesbian woman who left the military in 2013 to transition and a straight woman who had dreams of becoming a parachute rigger. Zachary Schermele, NBC News, 11 Nov. 2022 Matthew Meadows, a parachute rigger from Texas who died from fentanyl alone. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 Dustin Miles, the senior rigger for Quality Towing, has worked with Sides on four recent car recoveries and is as invested as the divers in its excavation. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2022 Time and again, Lasley hears of a rigger who threw himself overboard with his pockets full of tools. Amber Medland, The New Yorker, 19 Jan. 2022 Not long after that, a parachute rigger in the 7th Special Forces Group named Tiara Vinson allegedly walked up to Kelia Horton, her rival for the affections of a third soldier, and shot her in the face. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2022 This cruise aboard Sea Cloud, a historic square-rigger ship, begins in Bridgetown, Barbados for a true sailing adventure. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 Trimming the tree Ahead of the city’s Nov. 26 tree-lighting celebration, a professional rigger will install 9,000-15,000 programmable RGB LED bulbs on the tree. Megan Becka, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2022.

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