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[jer-ee] /ˈdʒɛr i/
noun, plural jerries. Chiefly British Slang.
1.
a chamber pot.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; short for jeroboam

Jerry

[jer-ee] /ˈdʒɛr i/
noun, plural Jerries. Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
1.
a German, especially a German soldier.
2.
Germans collectively.
Origin
1910-15; Ger(man) + -y1
Usage note
Jerry was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I, but it was more commonly used in World War II.

Jerry

[jer-ee] /ˈdʒɛr i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Gerald, Gerard, Jeremiah, and Jerome.
2.
a female given name, form of Geraldine.
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British Dictionary definitions for jerries

jerry

/ˈdʒɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(Brit) an informal word for chamber pot
2.
short for jeroboam

Jerry

/ˈdʒɛrɪ/
noun (Brit, slang) (pl) -ries
1.
a German, esp a German soldier
2.
the Germans collectively: Jerry didn't send his bombers out last night
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Word Origin and History for jerries

Jerry

n.

World War I British Army slang for "a German, the Germans," 1919, probably an alteration of German, but also said to be from the shape of the German helmet, which was thought to resemble a jerry, British slang for "chamber pot" (1827), this being probably an abbreviation of jeroboam. Hence jerry-can "5-gallon metal container" (1943), a type first used by German troops in World War II, later adopted by the Allies.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jerries

jerry

noun
  1. A track laborer; gandy dancer (1915+ Railroad)
  2. Any laborer (1915+ Hoboes)
  3. A small pistol that can be easily concealed (1940s+ Underworld)

Jerry

noun

A German soldier; kraut, krauthead

[WWI Army fr British; fr the German helmet, which was likened to a jerry, ''chamber pot,'' found by 1827]


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