transitive verbrigged, rig′ging
- to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with sails, shrouds, etc.
- to fit (sails, shrouds, etc.) to a ship's masts, yards, etc.
- to assemble and adjust the wings, fuselage, etc. of (an aircraft)
- to fit (out); equip
- to put together, prepare for use, or arrange, esp. in a makeshift or hurried fashion: often with up
- to arrange in a dishonest way for selfish advantage; manipulate fraudulently; fix: to rig an election
- Informal to dress; clothe; attire: usually with out
Origin of rigLate Middle English riggen from Scand, as in Norwegian rigga, to bind, splice
- the distinctive arrangement of sails, masts, and rigging on a vessel
- any apparatus for a special purpose; equipment; gear: a ham radio operator's rig
- equipment for drilling an oil well
- a carriage, cart, etc. with its horse or horses
- a tractor-trailer or, sometimes, the tractor alone
- Informal any vehicle
- Informal dress or costume, esp. if odd or showy