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.

Nearby words

  1. makemie, francis,
  2. makeover,
  3. maker,
  4. maker's mark,
  5. makerspace,
  6. makeup,
  7. makeweight,
  8. makeyevka,
  9. makhachkala,
  10. makhlouf

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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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).

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