Main definitions of jerry in English

: jerry1jerry2Jerry3

jerry1

nounPlural Jerries, Plural jerries

British
dated, informal
  • A chamber pot.

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably a diminutive of jeroboam.

Pronunciation

jerry

/ˈdʒɛri/

Main definitions of jerry in English

: jerry1jerry2Jerry3

jerry2

verbjerrying, jerries, jerried

[no object]Australian, NZ
informal
  • Understand or realize.

    ‘I still hadn't jerried what was going on’

nounPlural Jerries, Plural jerries

Australian, NZ
informal
  • A close or investigative look.

Phrases

  • take a jerry to

    • informal Scrutinize or examine.

      ‘it's time this country took a jerry to itself’
      • ‘If we gave them a tooth for a tooth they would soon take a jerry to themselves.’
      • ‘She never took a jerry to them.’
      • ‘The Government might take a jerry to itself one of these days!’
      • ‘It's time you took a jerry to yourself.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from US slang, in the phrase to be jerry (to) ‘to be wise to; to understand’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

jerry

/ˈdʒɛri/

Main definitions of jerry in English

: jerry1jerry2Jerry3

Jerry3

nounPlural Jerries, Plural jerries

British
derogatory, informal
  • 1A German (especially in military contexts).

    • ‘Several of the Jerries turned into our guys intending to engage, but the majority continued the long dive in the direction of Rome.’
    • ‘And when the Berlin Wall came down, souvenir-hunters were greeted by the graffiti legend: ‘Built by Jerries, demolished by Oz’.’
    • ‘Those Jerries had so much more firepower and range, and I saw that we were losing valuable men trying to move up.’
    • ‘Look at how he has the Jerries stumbling over each other to find cover!’
    • ‘England was an ally and they couldn't hold out for too much longer if the Jerries kept up the relentless bombing.’
    1. 1.1in singular The Germans collectively.
      ‘Jerry has some 200 dive-bombers at Spitzbergen’
      • ‘An example was the day up in the Liri Valley, when we got bounced by a Jerry formation which included two captured P - 40s with crosses on them.’

Origin

First World War: probably an alteration of German.

Pronunciation

Jerry

/ˈdʒɛri/