Definition of jackleg in English:

jackleg

noun

US
informal
  • An incompetent, unskilful, or dishonest person.

    as modifier ‘a jackleg carpenter’
    • ‘Fire all the staff, sell the place to a new owner (because he's a jackleg too), and learn how to make beer and then you might be able to call yourself a good brewpub.’
    • ‘Part of me thinks what he does here's extremely cool and part of me thinks he looks and sounds like a complete jackleg.’
    • ‘A climber is not top notch until s/he is in control of the tree and in control of themselves at all times. Until then, they're jacklegs, and poison to any but the most desperate.’
    blunderer, incompetent, amateur, bumbler, botcher, clown, hopeless case
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Pronunciation

jackleg

/ˈdʒaklɛɡ/