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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Slang A German, especially a German soldier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. German
  • proper n. A nickname for Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerrold, Gerald, Gerard, and similar male names; also used as a formal male given name.
  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given names Geraldine and Jerilyn.
  • proper n. An old nickname for a chamber pot (also refered to as a potty) (Dated UK)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flimsy; jerry-built.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who erects flimsy buildings; a speculator who constructs houses hastily and unsubstantially.
  • n. A machine for shearing fabrics.
  • n. The jocular uproar or noise made in a printing-house by compositors on any extraordinary occasion.
  • Defectively or flimsily constructed; jerry-built: as, a jerry house; a jerry ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offensive term for a person of German descent

Etymologies

Alteration of German.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
by shortening of German (Wiktionary)
Diminutive of Jeremy, Jerome, Gerald, Jerrold, Gerard, and related names. (Wiktionary)

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