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jigger (n.1)

"1.5-ounce shot glass," 1836, American English, in early use also of the drink itself, probably from jigger "illicit distillery" (1824), a word of unknown origin. Or else perhaps from jigger (n.2) "tiny mite or flea." As a name for various appliances the word is attested by 1726, from jig. In telegraphy it was a small transformer used for regulating and maintaining the difference of potential between terminals.

jigger (n.2)

"tiny mite or flea," a variant spelling of chigger (q.v.).

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Definitions of jigger

jigger (n.)
a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey;
Synonyms: shot glass / pony
jigger (n.)
any small mast on a sailing vessel; especially the mizzenmast of a yawl;
Synonyms: jiggermast
jigger (n.)
larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation;
Synonyms: harvest mite / chigger / redbug
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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