Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jigger v.3

1. a euph. for damn v.

[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple III 12: Jigger it all, you know!
[UK]Western Dly Press 16 Aug. 8/4: It is an error to suppose that the imprecation, —ou be jiggered,’ has any connection with the adjuration, ‘By Jingo’.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 202: Oh, jigger working capital, you don’t want any capital!
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 523: ‘The law demands co-operation.’ ‘Jigger the law.’.

2. (also fiddle) as past participle of sense 1, with an additional feeling of confusion.

[UK]Comic Almanack Oct. 333: He is said to have declared that, if false, nothing should prevent his being ‘jiggered’.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Facey Romford’s Hounds 172: Fiddle the farthins! I mean, grudge money for huntin’!
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 98: ‘Got him, Jerry? Halves, don’t you know?’ [...] ‘Halves, be jiggered,’ roared Jerry.
[UK]E. Greey Queen’s Sailors II 160: The first lieutenant be jiggered.
[UK]‘G.B. Lancaster’ Sons O’ Men 112: ‘There’s a ketch missing from out.’ ‘Ketch be fiddled!’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Feb. 4/7: ‘Norseman be jiggered,’ grunted the ancient dish-twister.
[UK]J.B. Booth London Town 247: Ticket be jiggered!
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 370: ‘Aw be jiggered!’ snapped Frank. ‘You lent it to me.’.
[Aus]D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 177: They didn’t know what to say. They were jiggered.

In exclamations

I’ll be jiggered! (also ...hog-wallered! …jammed! ...jiggerooed! ...jig-swiggered! ...jimjammed! ...jumped up! I’m jiggered!)

a general excl. of surprise, irritation.

[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 6: Blow me tight – a sort of burlesque oath; as, If I don’t I’m jigger’d, &c.
[UK]Marryat Snarleyyow III (Calcutta edn) 177: Why I’m jiggered if he don’t tell a lie as big as himself – that’s all.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 124: Why I is jiggered, he’s goin’ to give us a song.
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 279: I’m jiggered if I don’t toe-and-heel it.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).
[US]J.C. Stewart Elopement ii: Well, I’ll be jiggered if this don’t beat all.
[UK]J. Greenwood Tag, Rag & Co. 93: ‘Oh, I’m jiggered if I know about hopeful,’ said the dejected old showman.
F.H. Burnett Little Lord Fauntleroy ii. (1892) 23: ‘Well’, said Mr. Hobbs, ‘I’ll be — jiggered!’ This was an exclamation he always used when he was very much astonished or excited.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Aug. 10/1: ‘Well, I’m jiggered!’ said Jock, ‘I oughter known the old dorg would collar it all.’.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 336: Well, I’ll be jiggered! Where d’ y’u come from?
[US]Ade ‘To Make a Hoosier Holiday’ [Internet] ‘Well, I’ll be jiggered!’ said Mr. Hufty. ‘How did you come to think of anything like that?’.
[UK]R. Tressell Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1955) 279: I’m jiggered if I can understand it.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 290: be jumped up (jiggered), v. phr. Used in exclamations as be jiggered.
[US]O. Johnson Varmint 62: Well, I’ll be jiggered! If those body-snatchers don’t get electrocuted, they’ll own Fifth Avenue! [Ibid.] 113: Well, I’ll be jig-swiggered!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Aug. 26/3: Australia (in pained surprise): ‘Well, I often thought they had a lot in common, but I’m jiggered if I ever thought he’d descend to pushing her barrow for her!’.
[US]R.W. Brown ‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in DN III:viii 579: I’ll be hog-wallered! An exclamation of surprise or of scepticism. I’ll be jimjammed! An exclamation of surprise. [...] jiggered, adj. Used only in exclamation, ‘Well, I’ll be jiggered!’.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 108: I’m some big Indian myself, an’ I’ll be everlastingly jiggerooed if I put up for a wigwam I can’t be boss of.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Dec. 30/4: ‘Well, I’m jammed!’ said I.
[UK]‘Taffrail’ Sub 84: ‘Put it in the bank, David, dear,’ my mother advised. ‘I’ll be jiggered if I do,’ I said rebelliously.
[Aus]E. Dyson Missing Link [Internet] Ch. xv: Well I’m jiggered [...] I could have sworn he was a fake.
[UK]Wizard 27 Jan. 92: Well, I’ll be jiggered!
[UK]E. Waugh Vile Bodies 40: Well I’m jiggered.
[Aus]H. Drake-Brockman Hot Gold I i: I be jiggered — look!
[Can]R. Service ‘Artist’ in Lyrics of a Low Brow 84: And some objected: ‘Well, I’m jiggered!’ / What price Picasso and Matisse?
[NZ]P. Wilson N.Z. Jack 511: Well, I’ll be — jiggered. So you married Don.
[Ire]H. Leonard Time Was (1981) Act II: Well, I’m jiggered.
[US]C. Howell Book of Naughty Nomenclature [Internet] Exclamation I’ll be a dirty word / I’ll be jig-swiggered.