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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛri
 
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noun (plural jerries)

British informal , dated

Origin

mid 19th century: probably a diminutive of jeroboam.

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There are 2 main definitions of jerry in English:

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Jerry2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛri
 
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noun (plural Jerries)

British informal , derogatory
1A German (especially in military contexts).
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • England was an ally and they couldn't hold out for too much longer if the Jerries kept up the relentless bombing.
1.1 [in singular] The Germans collectively: Jerry has some 200 dive-bombers at Spitzbergen
More example sentences
  • 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.

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