Definitions for: Jigger

[n] larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation
[n] any small mast on a sailing vessel; especially the mizzenmast of a yawl
[n] a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey

Webster (1913) Definition: Jig"ger, n. [A corrupt. of chigre.] (Zo["o]l.)
A species of flea (Sarcopsylla, or Pulex, penetrans), which
burrows beneath the skin. See Chigoe.

Jig"ger, n. [See Jig, n. & v.]
1. One who, or that which, jigs; specifically, a miner who
sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging; also, the
sieve used in jigging.

2. (Pottery)
(a) A horizontal table carrying a revolving mold, on which
earthen vessels are shaped by rapid motion; a potter's
(b) A templet or tool by which vessels are shaped on a
potter's wheel.

3. (Naut.)
(a) 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. --Totten.
(b) A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl. [New Eng.]
(c) A supplementary sail. See Dandy, n., 2
(b) .

4. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining
leather; same as Jack, 4
(i) .

Jigger mast. (Naut.)
(a) The after mast of a four-masted vessel.
(b) The small mast set at the stern of a yawl-rigged boat.

Jig"ger (j[i^]g"g[~e]r), n. (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of several species of small red mites (esp.
Tetranychus irritans and T. Americanus) which, in the
larval or leptus stage, burrow beneath the skin of man and
various animals, causing great annoyance. [Southern U. S.]

Jig"ger, v. t. [Cf. Jiggle.]
To move, send, or drive with a jerk; to jerk; also, to drive
or send over with a jerk, as a golf ball.

He could jigger the ball o'er a steeple tall as most
men would jigger a cop. --Harper's

Synonyms: chigger, harvest mite, jiggermast, pony, redbug, shot glass

See Also: drinking glass, genus Trombicula, glass, mast, Trombicula, trombiculiid

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