- jerome, saint,
- jerry can,
- jersey barrier,
- jersey city,
- jersey giant
Origin of jerry-built
verb (used with object), jer·ry-built, jer·ry-build·ing.
Origin of jerry-build
Examples from the Web for jerry-built
A work of beauty which cannot stand an intimate examination is a poor and jerry-built thing.Sword Blades and Poppy Seed|Amy Lowell
Our three Marxists demonstrated in person that the new foundations of socialism had been frail and jerry-built.The Accumulation of Capital|Rosa Luxemburg
Through the ill-fitting partitions of the jerry-built bungalow he could hear the intruder moving recklessly in the kitchen.The Literary Sense|E. Nesbit
Why shouldn't creeds totter when they are jerry-built creeds?This Simian World|Clarence Day
The first building I came to was a tall, jerry-built structure which seemed to have been used as a sort of factory.A Spring Walk in Provence|Archibald Marshall
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.)).