Definition of riggish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪɡɪʃ/

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(Especially of a woman) lustful or promiscuous.
Example sentences
  • 'If I'm riggish, you're priggish,' retorted Polly.
  • The wanton gesticulations of a Virgin in a wild assembly of Gallants, warmed with wine could be no other then riggish, and unmaidenly.
  • The landlady happened to be the most riggish female in the Duchy of Milan.


Late 16th century: perhaps from dialect rig 'imperfectly castrated animal' (associated with wild behaviour).

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