Definition of chigger in English:

chigger

(also jigger)

noun

  • 1A tropical flea, the female of which burrows and lays eggs beneath the host's skin, causing painful sores.

    Also called chigoe, sand flea
    • ‘Although I have not subjected myself to all of these, the label says that Repel disgusts chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and sand fleas.’
    • ‘Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.’
    • ‘Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it repels ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies, too.’
    • ‘Whenever we went out we both wore hats, and also shoes, indoors and out, so that we did not suffer from jiggers.’
    • ‘I used to think it was to guard against scorpions or other stinging insects, but realised now that it was to prevent jigger attacks.’
  • 2North American A harvest mite.

    • ‘We pulled up a couple of plants and scrubbed them against our trouser legs and were never bothered by ticks or chiggers or other insects while we were gathering fruit.’
    • ‘Our president compares the rebel leader, to a tiny jigger, the parasite that lives in feet and can be dealt with in an instant.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: variant of chigoe.

Pronunciation:

chigger

/ˈdʒɪɡə//ˈtʃɪɡə/