jer·​ry-rigged ˈjer-ē-ˌrigd How to pronounce jerry-rigged (audio)
: organized or constructed in a crude or improvised manner
a jerry-rigged plan
a jerry-rigged heating system

Examples of jerry-rigged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the constant hither and yon of Izi abandoning Benji and then coming back gets a little tired over the long haul and feels jerry-rigged to add conflict. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 This will give you a buzz: Amid the current writers and actors strike setting Hollywood ablaze, Jeopardy! has jerry-rigged a way to move forward without its writing staff for season 40. Vulture, 7 Aug. 2023 Alternatively, Ukrainian technicians could have jerry-rigged a rudimentary inertial and/or GPS guidance to integrate with the missile’s pre-existing Inertial Measurement Unit tracking the missile’s speed and bearing. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2023 On his desk sits an ad hoc model rocket, jerry-rigged together from a paper clip and an old pencil eraser. John Semley, WIRED, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History


probably blend of jerry-built and jury-rigged

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerry-rigged was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Jerry-rigged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: organized or constructed in a crude or improvised manner
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