jerry-built

adjective
\ ˈjer-ē-ˌbilt How to pronounce jerry-built (audio) \

Definition of jerry-built

1 : built cheaply and unsubstantially
2 : carelessly or hastily put together

First Known Use of jerry-built

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jerry-built.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerry-built. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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jerry-built

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of jerry-built

informal + disapproving : built cheaply and quickly : not well-built

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