Meaning of RIG in English


I. ˈrig noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English ryg, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hregg storm, Faroese reiggj powerful movement, Icelandic hragla to rain slowly, Danish rǣg frost

dialect England : a high wind : storm

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect), back, ridge, from Old English hrycg — more at ridge

1. chiefly Scotland : ridge

2. chiefly Britain : ridgeling

3. : a measure of land in Scotland

will buy me rigs o'land — Robert Burns

III. verb

( rigged ; rigged ; rigging ; rigs )

Etymology: Middle English riggen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian rigga to bind, wrap up, Swedish rigga ( på ) to harness (up)

transitive verb


a. : to fit out (as a ship) with the necessary tackle : fit the shrouds, stays, and braces of (as a ship) to their respective masts and spars : make (as a ship) ready for sea

b. : to fit shrouds, stays, or similar devices to (as a mast or spar)

rig the mainmast

2. : to fit out or provide with clothes : clothe , dress

rigged him in moccasins — H.L.Davis

— usually used with out

rig him out in garments like the British noblemen wore — F.B.Gipson

she was rigged out in Victorian style — Ellery Queen


a. : to furnish with apparatus or gear : provide with equipment : fit up : equip

some of the craft are rigged for dredging — H.M.Parshley

crushing stone rigged with an ox yoke and pole — American Guide Series: Connecticut

b. : to fit out in some way

why the book should have been rigged out as a liturgy — Times Literary Supplement


a. : to put into proper position or condition for use : set up in working order : adjust , fix

rigged the tarpaulins over stakes — Rex Ingamells

alarm clocks are rigged to turn on radios — Gladwin Hill

rigged up a Christmas tree in the town hall — W.A.White

b. : to move (as a boom on a sailing vessel) in a desired direction or to the proper position

rig in a boom

rig out a boom

5. : to fit up as a makeshift : set up as an expedient

rig jury masts

— often used with out or up

rigged up an affair … to take the place of a bed — D.B.Putnam

rigged up a temporary shelter

6. : to assemble, adjust, and align the component parts including the control surfaces of (an airplane) to assure satisfactory flight-handling characteristics

intransitive verb

obsolete : to become or get rigged — used of a ship

IV. noun

( -s )

1. : the distinctive shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts differentiating types of vessels without reference to the hull

schooner rig

ship rig

— compare bark V 2, brig , catboat , hermaphrodite brig , ketch , knockabout I 3, lugger , schooner , sloop , yawl ; see fore-and-aft rig , square rig

2. : turnout , equipage ; especially : a carriage with its horse

3. : dress 2 ; especially : clothing designed for a special purpose or worn as a distinctive costume

dressed in festive rig — Mollie Panter-Downes

an English judge in full rig — F.J.Warburg

boats' crews should be correctly … dressed in the rig ordered — Manual of Seamanship

4. : tackle, apparatus, or machinery fitted up for a specified purpose: as


(1) : a derrick complete with enginehouse and other equipment necessary for operation that is used for boring and afterwards pumping an oil well

(2) : an oil derrick

(3) : a similar apparatus used for other types of drilling (as pile-driving or drilling for water)


(1) : a cultivator gang composed of a combination of beam, shank, and shovels

(2) : such a combination in a cultivator

c. : a thresher with a tractor and other equipment : a threshing outfit

d. : a fisherman's terminal tackle or gear

e. : fire engine

f. : a trailer truck : a tractor-trailer : a tractor hitched to a trailer


(1) : the complete station of an amateur radio operator

(2) : a high fidelity sound system

5. West : saddle

V. intransitive verb

( rigged ; rigged ; rigging ; rigs )

Etymology: perhaps by shortening & alteration from wriggle

1. chiefly dialect : to romp and wriggle about

2. chiefly dialect : to behave lewdly

VI. noun

( -s )

dialect England : a wanton immoral woman

VII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

1. chiefly Britain : the action of ridiculing : banter , ridicule , sport


a. chiefly Britain : a fraudulent or cheating trick : swindle

b. : manipulation of prices to a desired level in a securities or commodity market by artificial means (as a corner)

3. chiefly Britain : a wanton or mischievous act : prank

VIII. transitive verb

( rigged ; rigged ; rigging ; rigs )

1. dialect England : to play tricks on : fool , hoax


a. : to arrange or manage especially by deceptive means : manipulate in an underhanded manner : achieve or carry out by fraudulent means : control by dishonest means

attempt to rig the scales — Adelaide S.A. Sunday Mail

rig an election

rig the stock market

b. : to fix in advance to secure or show a desired result

dealers had combined to rig the auction price very low — James Higgins & Gordon Donald

rig a quiz by furnishing the contestants with answers

rig prices

IX. noun

or ri ˈrī

( -s )

Etymology: Irish Gaelic rī (gen. rīogh, rīgh, dative rīgh ), from Old Irish, (gen., dative, & accusative rīg ) — more at royal

: an ancient Irish king

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