Jerry

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Diminutive of Jeremy, Jerome, Gerald, Jerrold, Gerard, and related names. Use in reference to a chamber pot probably derives from jeroboam or Jeroboam(large bowl; very large wine bottle).[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

  1. A diminutive of the male given names Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerome, Jerrold, Gerald, Gerard or similar male given names.
    Hello, Jerry!
    Hello,
    Newman.
    • 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. A male given name.

Noun[edit]

Jerry ‎(plural Jerries)

  1. (dated, UK) A chamber pot: a container used for urination and defecation.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Proper noun[edit]

Jerry

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

Noun[edit]

Jerry ‎(plural Jerries)

  1. (Britain, US, ethnic slur, dated) A German, particularly a male German.
Usage notes[edit]

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "jerry, n.²".

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.