Origin of jerry-built
Synonyms for jerry-built
verb (used with object), jer·ry-built, jer·ry-build·ing.
Origin of jerry-build
Related Words for jerry-builtcheap, defective, insubstantial, makeshift, ramshackle, rickety, shoddy, slipshod, unsound, unsubstantial, jerry-rigged, junky
Examples from the Web for jerry-built
Historical Examples of jerry-built
Why shouldn't creeds totter when they are jerry-built creeds?This Simian World
The house was new but jerry-built, reeked of drains, and swarmed with vermin.From Paris to New York by Land
Harry de Windt
I should say it was built on contract, and jerry-built at that.Windows (Fifth Series Plays)
From her way of saying it, you would have supposed it had been jerry-built last week.The Retrospect
It was, I perceive, a jerry-built scheme, run up at short notice.The Secret Places of the Heart
H. G. Wells
verb -builds, -building or -built
1869, in which jerry has a sense of "bad, defective," probably a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry (a popular form of Jeremy; cf. Jerry-sneak, mid-19c., "sneaking fellow, a hen-pecked husband" [OED]). Or from or influenced by nautical slang jury "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects (see jury (adj.)).