jer·​ry-build ˈjer-ē-ˌbild How to pronounce jerry-build (audio)
jerry-built ˈjer-ē-ˌbilt How to pronounce jerry-build (audio) ; jerry-building

transitive verb

: to build cheaply and flimsily
jerry-builder noun

Word History


back-formation from jerry-built

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerry-build was in 1832

Dictionary Entries Near jerry-build

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“Jerry-build.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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