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jigger2

[jig-er] /ˈdʒɪg ər/
noun
1.
Also called jigger flea. chigoe.
2.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. chigger.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; variant of chigger
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British Dictionary definitions for jigger flea

jigger2

/ˈdʒɪɡə/
noun
1.
other names for the chigoe (sense 1)

jigger1

/ˈdʒɪɡə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that jigs
2.
(golf) an iron, now obsolete, with a thin blade, used for hitting long shots from a bare lie
3.
any of a number of mechanical devices having a vibratory or jerking motion
4.
a light lifting tackle used on ships
5.
a small glass, esp for whisky, with a capacity of about one and a half ounces
6.
(NZ) a light hand- or power-propelled vehicle used on railway lines
7.
(engineering) a type of hydraulic lift in which a hydraulic ram operates the lift through a block and tackle which increases the length of the stroke
8.
(Canadian) a device used when setting a gill net beneath ice
9.
(mining) another word for jig (sense 5)
10.
(nautical) short for jiggermast
11.
(billiards) another word for bridge1 (sense 10)
12.
(US & Canadian, informal) a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
13.
(Liverpool, dialect) an alleyway
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Word Origin and History for jigger flea

jigger

n.

"1.5-ounce shot glass," 1836, American English, in early use also of the drink itself, from jigger "illicit distillery" (1824), of unknown origin; or else perhaps from jigger, a 1756 alteration of chigger "tiny mite or flea." As a name for various appliances, the word is attested by 1825, from jig.

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jigger flea in Medicine

jigger jig·ger2 (jĭg'ər)
n.

  1. See chigger.

  2. See chigoe.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jigger flea

jigger

noun
  1. An artificially made sore, usually on the arm or leg, useful in begging: whether it will pay to use his ''jigger'' (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. A liquor glass of one-anda-half ounce capacity; shot glass (1857+)
  3. thingamajig (1874+)
verb
  1. To interfere with; queer: jigger our riding on the railroad (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. To tamper with or falsify; doctor: There is pressure from Casey to jigger estimates/ how the gold trading was jiggered (1970s+)
Related Terms

doodad, i'll be damned

[giger, ''lock,'' is found by 1612, apparently coined by Thomas Dekker, and is probably the source of the third noun sense]


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