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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

Proper nounEdit

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.

NounEdit

Jerry (plural Jerries)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of jerry: a chamber pot.
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Etymology 2Edit

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

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Proper nounEdit

Jerry

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

NounEdit

Jerry (plural Jerries)

  1. (Britain, US, ethnic slur, dated) A German, particularly a male German.
Usage notesEdit

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

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ReferencesEdit

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

CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Jerry.

Proper nounEdit

Jerry

  1. a male given name

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

Proper nounEdit

Jerry c (genitive Jerrys)

  1. A male given name.