There are 2 definitions of jigger in English:

jigger1

Syllabification: jig·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈjigər
 
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noun

  • 1A machine or vehicle with a part that rocks or moves back and forth, e.g., a jigsaw.
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    • The newly-diagnosed disease causes fingers to turn white and numb as a result of using hand-held vibrating tools such as pneumatic drills and jigger picks.
    • Machines called jiggers and jolleys are used to make tableware in ceramics factories.
    • With a working width of 4.5 meters, the HT jigger is the largest such dyeing unit installed in Italy.
  • 2A person who dances a jig.
  • 3A small fore-and-aft sail set at the stern of a ship.
  • 3.1A small tackle consisting of a double and single block or two single blocks with a rope.
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    • What is needed is an incentive for fishers in New Zealand waters to use jiggers, a ban on trawling would do that.
    • And no squid is safe from the Seattle squid jiggers who flock to the docks at dusk and stay into the wee hours of the night, hoping to catch a few.
  • 4A measure or small glass of spirits or wine.
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    • Require the use of jiggers or pre-measured dispensing systems, and buy high-quality shot glasses with pour lines marked on them.
    • One drink is one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one jigger of hard liquor.
    • Use a jigger or similar device to ensure that the amount of alcohol is consistent.
  • 5 Golf , • dated A metal golf club with a narrow face.
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    • Clubs were named rather than numbered so I have jiggers, cleeks, mashies, spoons [and] mussel-backs all represented in the sculpture.
  • 6Used to refer to a thing whose name one does not know or does not wish to mention: see them little jiggers?
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    • Despite the funny name, this little jigger has a top speed of 395 kph (250 mph in the old money) and does the 0-100 kph in an unbelievable 3.2 seconds.
    • To stick one of these little jiggers in the garage will set you back 2.6 million, or 2.7 fully loaded, as they say in the trade.
    • The power to weight ratio is incredible, and riding one of these jiggers goes down as my all-time most frightening buzz!

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  
  • Rearrange or tamper with.
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    • Feldstein mentions some revenue-neutral tax jiggering that could be stimulative, but that sounds like fairly ordinary tax policy stuff to me.
    • That didn't stop them from paying $1.63 billion this week for Overture, a company whose specialty is selling the ability to jigger search results.
    • It says it wants 10 percent minority representation, and then they have to jigger the system to figure out how to reach that number.

Phrases

well, I'll be (or I'm) jiggered

Used to express one’s astonishment.
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  • People of Guildford, tell me what you believe in and care about… (pause)… well, I'll be jiggered; that's * exactly * what I believe in and care about!
  • Well, I'll be jiggered, look at the all the property you could buy cheap in York County!
  • Sometimes I says to myself, says I, ‘Well, I'll be jiggered!’

Origin

mid 16th century (originally a slang word for a door): from the verb jig (the relationship with which is obscure in certain senses).

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There are 2 definitions of jigger in English:

jigger2

Syllabification: jig·ger
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈjigər/

noun

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