Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To rig or assemble for temporary emergency use; improvise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a temporary rig when the permanent rig has been disabled.

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

  • transitive verb to rig for temporary service; to construct flimsily and in makeshift fashion. See jury, a.

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  • verb nautical, transitive To make an improvised rigging or assembly from whatever is available.
  • verb transitive To create a makeshift, ad hoc solution from resources at hand.
  • noun nautical An improvised rigging.

Etymologies

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

[From jury-rig, jury-rigging, improvised rigging on a ship, modeled on jury-mast, temporary mast, perhaps ultimately from Old French ajurie, help, from aider, to help; see aid.]

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From jurymast + rig.

Examples

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  • To rig or assemble for temporary emergency use; improvise: The survivors of the wreck jury-rigged some fishing gear.

    ETYMOLOGY: From jury-rigging, improvised rigging on a ship, modeled on jury-mast, temporary mast, perhaps ultimately from Old French ajurie, help, from aider, to help.

    October 17, 2007

  • Not to be confused with jerry-built.

    May 9, 2011