Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A German, especially a German soldier.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A machine for shearing fabrics.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A man who erects flimsy buildings; a speculator who constructs houses hastily and unsubstantially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Both Builder's Cant, Both Builder's Cant Flimsy; jerry-built.

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

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

  • noun offensive term for a person of German descent

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of German.]

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by shortening of German

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Diminutive of Jeremy, Jerome, Gerald, Jerrold, Gerard, and related names.

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