Jig"ger (jĭg"gẽr), n.
(Zoöl.) 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 (?), n. [A corrupt. of
chigre.] (Zoöl.) A species of flea
(Sarcopsylla, or Pulex, penetrans), which burrows beneath the
skin. See Chigoe.
Jig"ger, n. [See Jig, n.
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 wheel.
(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
4. A pendulum rolling machine for slicking or
graining leather; same as Jack, 4
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 (?), 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