transitive verbjer·ry-built , jer·ry-build·ing, jer·ry-builds
Origin of jerry-buildFrom dialectal jerry, defective, perhaps from the name Jerry.
(third-person singular simple present jerrybuilds, present participle jerrybuilding, simple past and past participle jerrybuilt)
- To assemble a project in a hasty, low-quality manner, especially when cheap, low-quality and/or inappropriate materials are used.
- To assemble a structure in such an unsafe manner that it is doomed to collapse.
- To repair a structure in one of the above manners.
This term refers only to inanimate objects. Devices built or repaired in the above manner are said to be jerryrigged.