[ jer-ee-bild ]
/ ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪld /

verb (used with object), jer·ry-built, jer·ry-build·ing.

to build cheaply and flimsily.


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Origin of jerry-build

1880–85; back formation from jerry-builder. See jerry2, build

OTHER WORDS FROM jerry-build

jer·ry-build·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for jerry-build


verb -builds, -building or -built

(tr) to build (houses, flats, etc) badly using cheap materials

Derived forms of jerry-build

jerry-builder, noun
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