- unskilled or untrained for one's work; amateur: a jackleg electrician.
- unscrupulous or without the accepted standards of one's profession: a jackleg lawyer.
- makeshift; temporary.
- an unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant worker or practitioner.
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Historical Examples of jackleg
I flagged him back a piece and told him the Jackleg was there.
A jackleg colored preacher talked, but he didn't have sense 'nuff to preach a sho' 'nuff sermon.
I reports an' asks instructions as to the best way of disposin' of Mr. Jackleg's remains.
This was so at Jackleg, but it gave a long vista of Main Street from the heart of the town to its outlying suburbs.
This train that was stopping to cast loose the special car at Jackleg was the last to stop at that station at night.