Jigger

Noun

  • (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.
  • (fishing) A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes.
  • (US) A placeholder name for any small mechanical device.
  • (US) A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  • (slang, archaic) A prison; a jail cell.
  • (pottery) A horizontal lathe used in producing flatware.
  • (slang) An illegal distillery.
  • (golf, dated) A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  • (nautical, New England) A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  • (New Zealand) A short board or plank inserted into tree for a person to stand on while cutting off higher branches.
  • (US) 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.
  • A larva of any of several mites in the family Trombiculidae; chigger, harvest mite.
  • (mining) One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  • (slang) A door.
  • A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather.
  • (nautical) A jiggermast.
  • (archaic) One who dances jigs; an odd-looking person.
  • A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera; chigoe.
  • (mining) The sieve used in sorting or separating ore.
  • (dialect, Scouse, dated) An alleyway separating the backs of two rows of houses.
  • (textiles) A device used in the dyeing of cloth.

Verb

  • (slang, obsolete) To imprison.
  • To move, send, or drive with a jerk; to jerk; also, to drive or send over with a jerk, as a golf ball.
  • (pottery) To use a jigger.
  • (slang, archaic) To confound; to damn.
  • 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."

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