[ jer-ee-bilt ]
/ ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪlt /


built cheaply and flimsily.
contrived or developed in a haphazard, unsubstantial fashion, as a project or organization.

Origin of jerry-built

1865–70; jerry (as in jerry-build) + built

Can be confused

jerry-built jury-rigged

Definition for jerry-built (2 of 2)


[ jer-ee-bild ]
/ ˈdʒɛr iˌbɪld /

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

to build cheaply and flimsily.

Origin of jerry-build

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

Related forms

jer·ry-build·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jerry-built


verb -builds, -building or -built

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

Derived Forms

jerry-builder, noun
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