Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

jerry–build

play
verb, jer·ry–build \ˈjer-ē-ˌbild\

Definition of jerry–build

jerry–built \-ˌbilt\jerry–building

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to build cheaply and flimsily

jerry–builder noun


Origin of jerry–build

back-formation from jerry-built


First Known Use: 1885


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up jerry–build? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a timid, meek, or unassertive person

Get Word of the Day daily email!