[joo r-ee-rig]


Nautical. a temporary rig to replace a permanent rig that has been disabled, lost overboard, etc.
any makeshift arrangement of machinery or the like.

verb (used with object), ju·ry-rigged, ju·ry-rig·ging.

to assemble quickly or from whatever is at hand, especially for temporary use: to jury-rig stage lights using automobile headlights.
Nautical. to replace (a rudder, mast, etc.) with a jury-rig: We jury-rigged a fore-topmast after the storm had snapped ours off.

Origin of jury-rig

First recorded in 1780–90
Can be confusedjerry-built jury-rigged
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Related Words for jury-rigged

improvised, makeshift, offhand, off-the-cuff, jury-rigged

Examples from the Web for jury-rigged

Contemporary Examples of jury-rigged

Historical Examples of jury-rigged

  • Perry grinned at the jury-rigged cooler and rummaged around in its mouth for a while.


    Cory Doctorow

  • They had jury-rigged the entire mess so that it stuck together on the old heap.

    Code Three

    Rick Raphael

  • At a safe distance from the bore site, a master control panel had been jury-rigged to control all units simultaneously.

  • Copeland worked the jury-rigged controls of the jet, continuing to decelerate.

    Comet's Burial

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • He'd jury-rigged a kind of control on the hull field, so he could aim the hulk easily enough.

    The Measure of a Man

    Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for jury-rigged



mainly nautical set up in a makeshift manner, usually as a result of the loss of regular gear
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