Jerry

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒɛɹi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛɹi

Etymology 1[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. A diminutive of the male given names Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerome, Jerrold, Gerald, Gerard, or similar male given names.
    • 1970, Santha Rama Rau, The Adventuress, p. 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."
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Geraldine or Jerilyn.
  3. An unincorporated community in Asotin County, Washington, United States; named for early rancher Jerry McGuire.
Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

Jerry (plural Jerries)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of jerry: a chamber pot

Etymology 3[edit]

A clipped form of German popularized during the First World War.

Alternative forms[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. (UK, US, ethnic slur, dated) A personification of the German people.

Noun[edit]

Jerry (plural Jerries)

  1. (Britain, US, ethnic slur, dated) A German, particularly a male German.
    Synonyms: Boche, Fritz, Kraut
    • 2012, Margaret James, The Penny Bangle, Harpenden: Choc Lit, →ISBN, page 43:
      But Robert had been cheeriness itself, had told them to buck up and think of England, reminding them that moaning wasn’t going to beat the Jerries.
Usage notes[edit]

Reused during World War II and used since that war to connote lingering animosity or enmity towards Germans or Germany.

Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Jerry.

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. a male given name from English

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry c (genitive Jerrys)

  1. A male given name.