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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jig"ger
Senses
  1. [Zoöl] A species of flea (Tunga penetransorSarcopsylla penetransorPulex penetrans), which burrows beneath the skin; called also jigger flea. See Chigoe.
  2. [Zoöl] Any one of several species of small red mites (esp. Tetranychus irritans and Tetranychus Americanus) of the family Trombiculidae, which, in the larval or leptus stage, burrow beneath the skin of man and various animals, causing great annoyance. Also called chigger.(Southern U. S)

Etymology: A corrupt. of chigre

noun Jig"ger
Senses
  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]
    1. A horizontal table carrying a revolving mold, on which earthen vessels are shaped by rapid motion; a potter's wheel.
    2. A template or tool by which vessels are shaped on a potter's wheel.
  3. [Naut]
    1. 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.
    2. A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
      (New Eng)
    3. A supplementary sail. See Dandy (n.), 2 .
  4. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or graining leather; same as Jack, 4 .
  5. A small glass or measuring vessel holding 11/2 ounces (45 ml), used mostly for measuring liquor or drinking whiskey; also, the quantity of liquid held in a jigger.
  6. A thingamajig.(Colloq)

Etymology: See Jig (n. & v.)

verb Jig"ger
To move, send, or drive with a jerk; to jerk; also, to drive or send over with a jerk, as a golf ball.

Etymology: Cf. Jiggle

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation
  2. Any small mast on a sailing vessel; especially the mizzenmast of a yawl
  3. A small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
Wiktionary

From jig +‎ -er (agent suffix).

  1. (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.
  2. (US) A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  3. (mining) The sieve used in sorting or separating ore.
  4. (mining) One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  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. (golf, dated) A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  9. (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.
  10. (nautical) A jiggermast.
  11. (nautical, New England) A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  12. (fishing) A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes.
  13. (archaic) One who dances jigs; an odd-looking person.
  14. (New Zealand) A short board or plank inserted into tree for a person to stand on while cutting off higher branches.
  15. (US) A placeholder name for any small mechanical device.
  16. (rail transport, New Zealand) A railway jigger, a small motorized or human powered vehicle used by railway workers to traverse railway tracks.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary suggests a possible link to Old High German gīga (“fiddle”).

  1. (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.
  2. (US) A measure of 1 1/2 fluid ounces of liquor.
  3. (mining) The sieve used in sorting or separating ore.
  4. (mining) One who jigs; a miner who sorts or cleans ore by the process of jigging.
  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. (golf, dated) A wooden or metal headed golf club used to play low flying shots to the putting green from short distances.
  9. (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.
  10. (nautical) A jiggermast.
  11. (nautical, New England) A small fishing vessel, rigged like a yawl.
  12. (fishing) A device used by fishermen to set their nets under the ice of frozen lakes.
  13. (archaic) One who dances jigs; an odd-looking person.
  14. (New Zealand) A short board or plank inserted into tree for a person to stand on while cutting off higher branches.
  15. (US) A placeholder name for any small mechanical device.
  16. (rail transport, New Zealand) A railway jigger, a small motorized or human powered vehicle used by railway workers to traverse railway tracks.

Likely a corruption of chigoe. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary suggests a possible derivation from Wolof jiga (“insect”).

  1. A sandflea, Tunga penetrans, of the order Siphonaptera; chigoe.
  2. A larva of any of several mites in the family Trombiculidae; chigger, harvest mite.

A slang term of unknown origin, originally meaning prison. Oxford English Dictionary suggests that its origin might be the same as Etymology 1, above.

  1. (slang, archaic) A prison; a jail cell.
  2. (dialect, Liverpudlian, dated) An alleyway separating the backs of two rows of houses.
  3. (slang, euphemistic) A penis.
  4. (slang, euphemistic) A vagina.
  5. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) A door.
  6. (slang) An illegal distillery.

    Notable Persons With the Name Jigger

    Jigger Statz was an athlete. Jigger was born on October 20th, 1897 in Waukegan, Illinois. Jigger is also known as Statz and Arnold John. He died on March 16th, 1988.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jigger

    Kid Jigger is a professional gambler. Kid was given the name Jacob Siegel . Kid is also known as Jigger and Kid Jigger.

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    Fun Facts about the name Jigger

    • When was the first name Jigger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Jigger is Friday, August 7th, 1908.
    • How unique is the name Jigger? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Jigger. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Jigger: Your name in reverse order is Reggij. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ejggir. How do you pronounce that?

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    What does the name Jigger mean?

    Jis for jolly, the fun side!

    Iis for infinite, are your possibilities

    Gis for glisten, a sparkle in your eye.

    Gis for generous, your giving nature.

    Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

    Ris for reasonable, your understanding way.

    Past life for Jigger born Jun 3, 1970

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Arctic approximately on 1450. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

    You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.