jerry

1
[ jer-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛr i /

adjective Building Trades Slang.

of inferior materials or workmanship.

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Origin of jerry

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First recorded in 1875–80; short for jerry-built

Definition for jerry (2 of 4)

jerry2
[ jer-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛr i /

noun, plural jer·ries.Chiefly British Slang.

a chamber pot.

Origin of jerry

2
1820–30; short for Jeroboam (because if one drank such a large amount of liquid, one would have to void urine during the night)

Definition for jerry (3 of 4)

Jerry1
[ jer-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛr i /

noun

a male given name, form of Gerald, Gerard, Jeremiah, and Jerome.
a female given name, form of Geraldine.

Definition for jerry (4 of 4)

Jerry2
[ jer-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛr i /

noun, plural Jer·ries.Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive.

a German, especially a German soldier.
Germans collectively.

Origin of Jerry

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First recorded in 1910–15; Ger(man) + -y1

usage note for Jerry

Jerry was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I, but it was more commonly used in World War II.
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British Dictionary definitions for jerry (1 of 2)

jerry
/ (ˈdʒɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

British an informal word for chamber pot
short for jeroboam

British Dictionary definitions for jerry (2 of 2)

Jerry
/ (ˈdʒɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries British slang

a German, esp a German soldier
the Germans collectivelyJerry didn't send his bombers out last night
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