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.

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Origin of makeshift

First recorded in 1555–65; noun, adj. use of verb phrase make shift
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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
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