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

  • n. A temporary or expedient substitute for something else.
  • adj. Suitable as a temporary or expedient substitute: used a rock as a makeshift hammer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.
  • adj. Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient, with implication of inferiority to the more usual object or means.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shifty person; one given to shifts or expedients; a mischievous fellow.
  • n. That with which one makes shift; an expedient adopted to serve a present need or turn; a temporary substitute.
  • Of the nature of a temporary expedient.

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

  • n. something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
  • adj. done or made using whatever is available


From make +‎ shift. (Wiktionary)



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