Meaning of jury-rigged in English:



  • 1(of a ship) having temporary makeshift rigging.

    ‘She was still scarred after her encounters with icebergs so proper repairs to her jury-rigged jib boom were a top priority.’
    • ‘Dwarfed by the boat's jury-rigged splashboard, Lee had pushed to a handy boat length lead at the finish and will qualify for the final.’
    • ‘He is closing on the last remaining competitor who, in panic, redoubles his efforts to coax his own damaged, worn out and jury-rigged boat faster, causing it to break up entirely and sink.’
    • ‘Then, with a jury-rigged boat, she slowly made her way to the French owned Kerguelan Islands which were 1200 miles to the west and 2500 miles southwest of The Cape of Good Hope.’
    temporary, provisional, interim, pro tem, short-term, working, makeshift, improvised, emergency, impromptu, rough and ready
    1. 1.1mainly North American Makeshift; improvised.
      ‘jury-rigged classrooms in gymnasiums’
      • ‘But no football club in the land can really be expected to survive long-term at a jury-rigged stadium with a couple of temporary stands squeezed into the corner and supporters separated from the action by the width of a running track.’
      • ‘Reynolds, in particular, makes use of this jury-rigged stringer system to alert his readers to articles that would otherwise go unnoticed.’
      • ‘But enough of this - even though I'm sitting here with a jury-rigged computer I'm about to get back into the swing of things.’
      • ‘The mines were intended as anti-personnel devices, jury-rigged claymores.’
      • ‘At once monumental and fragile, it brought to mind the jury-rigged shacks constructed from cast-off materials found in every township or slum area.’
      • ‘Would you be smiling if you were riding in a jury-rigged truck that had an emergency evacuation button and a giant tank of highly flammable hydrogen fuel behind the seat?’
      • ‘You look at them anatomically, and they're a hodgepodge of little quirks and jury-rigged adaptations that work.’
      • ‘It would, however, be unjust to the victims of atrocity to let the perpetrators of the crimes against them go free on such a cynically jury-rigged technicality as ‘victor's justice.’’
      • ‘I'm half-convinced that the Electricity Board sends people out to turn the power off when it rains, so that the jury-rigged electric boxes, with all their exposed wires, don't get flooded and begin to spark.’
      • ‘But problems like that can indicate a more serious one - that the database isn't answering the needs of the people it's supposed to serve without jury-rigged changes.’
      • ‘As a domain of research, the de facto mental health system bristles with unsettled questions, conflicting interests, and jury-rigged resolutions.’
      • ‘The machinery consists of jury-rigged turntables that mechanically drive drumsticks to beat against paint cans, gourds and other noise-making objects.’
      • ‘Darwin understood that the most convincing evidence for evolution was in the imperfection of nature and the jury-rigged structure of adaptation.’
      • ‘In short, the vertebrate eye is a masterpiece not of design, but of jury-rigged compensations for a fundamentally defective architecture.’
      impromptu, extempore, extemporary, extemporaneous, expedient, emergency, improvised, rough and ready, makeshift, make-do, cobbled together, thrown together


Late 18th century jury perhaps based on Old French ajurie ‘aid’.