Main definitions of jerry in English

: jerry1jerry2Jerry3

jerry1

noun

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

verb

[NO OBJECT]Australian, NZ
informal
  • Understand or realize.

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

noun

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

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

noun

British
informal, derogatory
  • 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’.’
    • ‘England was an ally and they couldn't hold out for too much longer if the Jerries kept up the relentless bombing.’
    • ‘Look at how he has the Jerries stumbling over each other to find cover!’
    • ‘Those Jerries had so much more firepower and range, and I saw that we were losing valuable men trying to move up.’
    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/