Jerry

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Diminutive of Jeremy, Jerome, Gerald, Jerrold, Gerard, and related names.

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. A nickname for Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerrold, Gerald, Gerard, and similar male names; also used as a formal male given name.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Geraldine and Jerilyn.
  3. An old nickname for a chamber pot (also referred to as a potty) (Dated UK)

Quotations[edit]

  • 1970 Santha Rama Rau: The Adventuress. Harper&Row. page 157:
    - - - I, incidentally, am Jeremy Wilson, and anyone who abbreviates that to 'Jerry' does so at unspeakable peril."
    "Oh really?" Kay asked. "Why?"
    "Well, just a wartime hangover. We used to call the Germans 'Jerries'."
    "I don't know much about the German war."

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Etymology 2[edit]

By shortening of German. Originated during the First World War.

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Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. (UK, US, derogatory, slang, dated) A German.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Used during World War II. Usage after World War II served as a reminder that the UK and Germany had been enemies.
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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Jerry. First recorded as a Swedish given name in 1906.

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. A male given name.