Definition of jiggery-pokery in English:

Share this entry

jiggery-pokery

Pronunciation: /ˌjiɡərēˈpōkərē/

noun

informal, chiefly British
Deceitful or dishonest behavior.
Example sentences
  • But this bit of scientific jiggery-pokery leaves my mind in an even more boggled state than usual.
  • However, they only managed to conjure this up by jiggery-pokery.
  • Why does that require ‘work’, unless there's some jiggery-pokery going on to ensure that the chart doesn't actually reflect the real numbers?

Origin

Late 19th century: probably a variant of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk 'dodge, skulk', of unknown origin.

More
  • This late 19th-century expression means ‘deceitful or dishonest behaviour’. It is probably a variant of Scots joukery-pawkery, from jouk ‘to skulk’.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: jig·ger·y-pok·er·y

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.