2 [jig-er]
Also called jigger flea. chigoe.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. chigger.

1750–60; variant of chigger

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jigger1 (ˈdʒɪɡə)
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
10.  nautical short for jiggermast
11.  billiards another word for bridge
12.  informal (US), (Canadian) a device or thing the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
13.  dialect (Liverpool) an alleyway

jigger or jigger flea2 (ˈdʒɪɡə)
other names for the chigoe
jigger flea or jigger flea2

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Word Origin & History

"1.5-ounce shot glass," 1836, from jigger, a 1756 alteration of chigger "tiny mite or flea" (q.v.). As a name for various appliances, it is attested from 1825, from jig (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

jigger jig·ger2 (jĭg'ər)

  1. See chigger.

  2. See chigoe.

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