A jigger (sense 1)



  • A double-ended vessel, generally of stainless steel or other metal, one end of which typically measures 1 ½ fluid ounces, the other typically 1 fluid ounce.
  • A measure of 1 ½ fluid ounces of liquor.
  • A drink of whisky.
  • The sieve used in sorting or separating ore.
  • One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  • A horizontal lathe used in producing flatware.
  • A device used in the dyeing of cloth.
  • A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather.
  • A bicycle.
  • A golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  • A warehouse crane.
  • A light tackle, consisting of a double and single block and the fall, used for various purposes, as to increase the purchase on a topsail sheet in hauling it home; the watch tackle.
  • A jiggermast.
  • A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  • A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes.
  • One who dances jigs; an odd-looking person.
  • A short board or plank inserted into a tree for a person to stand on while cutting off higher branches.
  • A railway jigger, a small motorized or human powered vehicle used by railway workers to traverse railway tracks.
  • The bridge or rest for the cue in billiards.
  • An illicit electric shock device used to urge on a horse during a race.
  • A streetcar drawn by a single horse.
  • A kind of early electric cash register.
  • A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera; chigoe.
  • A larva of any of several mites in the family Trombiculidae (family); chigger, harvest mite.
  • A prison; a jail cell.
  • An alleyway separating the backs of two rows of houses.
  • A penis.
  • A vagina.
  • A door.
  • An illegal distillery.
  • A lock pick.


  • To alter or adjust, particularly in ways not originally intended.
  • To use a jigger.
  • To move, send, or drive with a jerk; to jerk; also, to drive or send over with a jerk, as a golf ball.
  • To imprison.
  • To confound; to damn.


Similar words


  • From jig + -er.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary suggests a possible link to Old High German gīga.
  • Likely a corruption of chigoe. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary suggests a possible derivation from Wolof jiga.
  • A slang term of unknown origin, originally meaning prison. Oxford English Dictionary suggests that its origin might be the same as Etymology 1, above.

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