There are 2 main definitions of jerry in English:

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jerry 1

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural jerries)

British informal, dated
A chamber pot.

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably a diminutive of jeroboam.

Words that rhyme with jerry

beriberi, berry, BlackBerry, bury, Ceri, Derry, ferry, Gerry, Kerry, merry, perry, Pondicherry, sherry, terry, very, wherry, wolfberry
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There are 2 main definitions of jerry in English:

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jerry 2

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Australian /NZ informal

verb (jerries, jerrying, jerried)

[no object]
Understand or realize: I still hadn’t jerried what was going on

noun

A close or investigative look.

Phrases

take a jerry to

Australian /NZ informal Scrutinize or examine: it’s time this country took a jerry to itself
More example sentences
  • It's time you took a jerry to yourself.
  • 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.

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