jigger

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A jigger (sense 1)

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jigger (plural jiggers)

  1. A double-ended vessel, generally of stainless steel or other metal, one end of which typically measures 1 1/2 fluid ounces, the other typically 1 fluid ounce.
  2. One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  3. The sieve used in jigging ore.
  4. A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  5. (pottery) A horizontal lathe used in producing flatware.
  6. (textiles) A device used in the dyeing of cloth.
  7. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather.
  8. A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera.
  9. (golf, dated) A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  10. (nautical) A light tackle, consisting of a double and single block and the fall, used for various purposes, as to increase the purchase on a topsail sheet in hauling it home; the watch tackle.
  11. (nautical) A jiggermast.
  12. A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  13. A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes. It consists of a plank of wood with an arm on it with a sharp metal tooth on the end of the arm. A rope is tied to the arm which, when pulled, propels the plank along the underside of the ice because the tooth catches the ice. Releasing the rope allows the tooth to sink away from the ice, and when the rope is tightened again, the tooth grabs the ice farther along, allowing the jigger to crawl along the underside of the ice.
  14. (dialect, Scouse, dated) An alleyway separating the backs of two rows of houses.
  15. A euphemism for penis
  16. A euphemism for vagina
  17. A term for 'Back Door'

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1998-2002: A good jigger will have a well formed lip that will pour a clean stream into the cocktail shaker or glass. — Robert B. Hess, in Jigger in DrinkBoy.com

Hand jiggers consisted of two iron frames with a spindle in each - the driving spindle with its iron belt pulley approximately 20 inches in diameter and the driven spindle with a small wooden pulley. — Pottery Jobs: Jiggering on thepotteries.org

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Verb[edit]

jigger (third-person singular simple present jiggers, present participle jiggering, simple past and past participle jiggered)

  1. To alter or adjust, particularly in ways not originally intended.
    You'll have to jigger it from the original specifications to get it to work.
  2. (pottery) To use a jigger.

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