[ jak-leg ]
/ ˈdʒækˌlɛg /
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.


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.

Nearby words

  1. jackie,
  2. jackie tar,
  3. jacking engine,
  4. jackknife,
  5. jackknife-fish,
  6. jacklight,
  7. jacklighter,
  8. jacklin,
  9. jackpot,
  10. jackrabbit

Origin of jackleg

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps jack1 + (black)leg

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