makeshift

[ meyk-shift ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft /

noun

a temporary expedient or substitute: We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted.

adjective

Also make·shift·y. serving as, or of the nature of, a makeshift.

Origin of makeshift

First recorded in 1555–65; noun, adj. use of verb phrase make shift
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for makeshift

British Dictionary definitions for makeshift

makeshift

/ (ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft) /

adjective

serving as a temporary or expedient means, esp during an emergency

noun

something serving in this capacity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for makeshift

makeshift


also make-shift, 1560s, as a noun, "shifty person, rogue," from make (v.) + shift (v.). Adjectival sense of "substitute" is first recorded 1680s. Cf. make-sport "a laughing stock" (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper