1 [jer-ee]
adjective Building Trades Slang.
of inferior materials or workmanship.

1875–80; short for jerry-built Unabridged


2 [jer-ee]
noun, plural jerries. Chiefly British Slang.
a chamber pot.

1820–30; short for jeroboam


noun, plural Jerries. Chiefly British Informal.
a German.
Germans collectively.

1910–15; Ger(man) + -y1


a male given name, form of Gerald, Gerard, Jeremiah, and Jerome.
a female given name, form of Geraldine.


Charles Brockden [brok-duhn] , 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
Clifford ("Brownie") 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
Edmund Gerald, Jr ("Jerry") born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
Herbert Charles, 1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
James Nathaniel ("Jimmy") born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
John ("Old Brown of Osawatomie") 1800–59, U.S. abolitionist: leader of the attack at Harpers Ferry, where he was captured, tried for treason, and hanged.
Margaret Wise, 1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
Olympia, 1835–1926, U.S. women's-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
Robert, 1773–1858, Scottish botanist.


Jerome John ("Jerry") 1942–95, U.S. rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter.


Benjamin, 1738–1820, U.S. painter, in England after 1763.
Jerome Alan ("Jerry") born 1938, U.S. basketball player, coach, and executive.
Mae, 1892?–1980, U.S. actress.
Nathanael (Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein) 1902?–40, U.S. novelist.
Paul, born 1930, U.S. poet, essayist, and novelist, born in England.
Dame Rebecca (Cicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews) 1892–1983, English novelist, journalist, and critic, born in Ireland.

anti-West, adjective
pro-West, adjective Unabridged
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brown (braʊn)
1.  any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620--585 nanometres
2.  a dye or pigment producing these colours
3.  brown cloth or clothing: dressed in brown
4.  any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae
5.  of the colour brown
6.  (of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
7.  deeply tanned or sunburnt
8.  to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
[Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown]

Brown (braʊn)
1.  Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪtən). 1886--1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
2.  Ford Madox. 1821--93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
3.  George (Alfred), Lord George-Brown. 1914--85, British Labour politician; vice-chairman and deputy leader of the Labour party (1960--70); foreign secretary 1966--68
4.  George Mackay. 1921--96, Scottish poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His works, which include the novels Greenvoe (1972) and Magnus (1973), reflect the history and culture of Orkney
5.  (James) Gordon. born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997--2007); prime minister from 2007
6.  Herbert Charles. 1912--2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
7.  James. 1933--2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
8.  John. 1800--59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper's Ferry, Virginia
9.  Lancelot, called Capability Brown. 1716--83, British landscape gardener
10.  Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
11.  Robert. 1773--1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids

jerry (ˈdʒɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  (Brit) an informal word for chamber pot
2.  short for jeroboam

Jerry (ˈdʒɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a German, esp a German soldier
2.  the Germans collectively: Jerry didn't send his bombers out last night

west (wɛst)
1.  one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
2.  the direction along a parallel towards the sunset, at 270° clockwise from north
3.  (often capital) the west any area lying in or towards the westRelated: Hesperian, Occidental
4.  (usually capital) cards the player or position at the table corresponding to west on the compass
5.  situated in, moving towards, or facing the west
6.  (esp of the wind) from the west
7.  in, to, or towards the west
8.  archaic (of the wind) from the west
9.  informal go west
 a.  to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
 b.  to die
Related: Hesperian, Occidental
[Old English; related to Old Norse vestr, Sanskrit avástāt, Latin vesper evening, Greek hésperos]

West1 (wɛst)
1.  the western part of the world contrasted historically and culturally with the East or Orient; the Occident
2.  Compare East (formerly) the non-Communist countries of Europe and America contrasted with the Communist states of the East
3.  in the US
 a.  that part of the US lying approximately to the west of the Mississippi
 b.  (during the Colonial period) the region outside the 13 colonies, lying mainly to the west of the Alleghenies
4.  (in the ancient and medieval world) the Western Roman Empire and, later, the Holy Roman Empire
5.  a.  of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
 b.  (as part of a name): the West Coast

West2 (wɛst)
1.  Benjamin. 1738--1820, US painter, in England from 1763
2.  Kanye, born 1977, US rap singer and producer; his albums include The College Dropout (2004) and Graduation (2007)
3.  Mae. 1892--1980, US film actress
4.  Nathanael, real name Nathan Weinstein. 1903--40, US novelist: author of Miss Lonely-Hearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939)
5.  Dame Rebecca, real name Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield). 1892--1983, British journalist, novelist, and critic

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Word Origin & History

World War I British Army slang for "German," 1919, probably an alteration of 'German, but also said to be from the shape of the Ger. helmet, which was like a jerry, British slang for "chamber pot" (1827), 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.

O.E. west "in or toward the west," from P.Gmc. *wes-t- (cf. O.N. vestr, O.Fris., M.Du., Du. west, O.H.G. -west, only in compounds, Ger. west), from PIE *wes- (source of Gk. hesperos, L. vesper "evening, west"), perhaps an enlarged form of base *we- "to go down" (cf. Skt. avah "downward"), and thus lit.
"direction in which the sun sets." Cf. also High Ger. dial. abend "west," lit. "evening." Fr. ouest, Sp. oeste are from Eng. West used in geopolitical sense from World War I (Britain, France, Italy, as opposed to Germany and Austria-Hungary); as contrast to Communist Russia (later to the Soviet bloc) it is first recorded in 1918. West Indies is recorded from 1550s. The verb wester "to go west" is recorded from late 14c.; westerly first recorded 1570s in both its (somewhat contradictory) senses of "coming from the west" and "facing toward the west."

O.E. brun "dark, dusky," only developing a definite color sense 13c., from P.Gmc. *brunaz (cf. O.N. brunn, Dan. brun, O.Fris., O.H.G. brun, Du. bruin, Ger. braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lith. beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf.
beaver, bear (n.), and Gk. phrynos "toad," lit. "the brown animal"). The O.E. word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," now preserved only in burnish. The Gmc. word was adopted into Romanic (cf. M.L. brunus, It., Sp. bruno, Fr. brun). Brown-bag (v.) "to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag" is from 1960s. Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.
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Brown (broun), Michael. Born 1941.

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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Rob and jerry invest in a sailboat and find they have embarked on a disastrous venture.
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