ligger

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle English liggere; equivalent to lig +‎ -er. Doublet of ledger.

Many senses (especially sense 5) are likely formed anew from lig rather than continuations of the preceding senses.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɪɡɚ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɪɡə/
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Noun[edit]

ligger (plural liggers)

  1. The horizontal timber of a scaffolding; a ledger.
  2. A simply supported plank over a stream used as a footbridge.
  3. A nether millstone.
  4. A coverlet for a bed.
  5. (slang) A freeloader or hanger-on, especially in the music or entertainment industry.
    • 2006 August 29, “Peaches gets own band”, in The Sun[1]:
      Peaches Geldof may be a top showbiz ligger – but now she’s got a group of her own.
    • 2005 January 29, “Wicked Whispers”, in The Mirror[2]:
      The ligger caused a scene when he begged one reveller to find him some gear – and offered sexual favours in return.
    • 1984 September 1, “Killed by Death”, in BBC[3]:
      I'm a lone wolf ligger, but I ain't no pretty boy. I'm a backbone shiver and I'm a bundle of joy
  6. A kelt (thin, recently spawned salmon).
  7. (fishing) A baited fishing line attached to a float, for night fishing, etc.
    Synonyms: ledger, ledger line
  8. (dialectal) One who lies in bed.
  9. (dialectal) A layer.

Anagrams[edit]

Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

ligger

  1. present of ligge

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

ligger

  1. Alternative form of liggere

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

ligger

  1. present tense of ligge

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

ligger

  1. (non-standard since 2012) present tense of ligge
  2. (non-standard since 2012) present tense of liggje

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

ligger

  1. present tense of ligga.