Definition of chigger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also jigger) noun
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪɡə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪɡər//
; BrE also BrE//ˈdʒɪɡə(r)//
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a small flea that lives in tropical regions and lays eggs under a person’s or an animal’s skin, causing painful areas on the skin See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originmid 18th cent.: variant of chigoe, from French chique, from a West African language.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chigger