Definition of Jackleg

1. Adjective. (American English) amateur, untrained, incompetent ¹



2. Adjective. (American English) dishonest, unscrupulous ¹

3. Noun. A type of drill operated by means of compressed air. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Jackleg

1. an unskilled worker [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jackleg

jackhammering
jackhammers
jackhole
jackholes
jackies
jacking
jacking off
jacking up
jackknife
jackknife-fish
jackknife clam
jackknifed
jackknifes
jackknifing
jackknives
jackleg (current term)
jacklegs
jacklight
jacklighted
jacklighting
jacklights
jackman
jackmen
jackoff
jackoffs
jackplane
jackplanes
jackpot
jackpots
jackpudding

Literary usage of Jackleg

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1. Putnam's & the Reader (1909)
"I flagged him back a piece and told him the jackleg was there. He ran, and I had to rope him. "You're nervous, Pete," said I, helping him up. ..."

2. Memorial Edition of Thomas Bewick's Works by Thomas Bewick, Austin Dobson (1887)
"I involuntarily got my "jackleg knife,"* and, if he had then approached me, he to a certainty would have been stabbed. I slipped off my clogs, ..."

3. Southern Prose and Poetry for Schools by Edwin Mims (1910)
"... a man who does one thing well enjoys no particular distinction. A jackleg lawyer can't compel any great respect from a really scientific horse- shoer. ..."

4. Reminiscences of an Indianian from the Sassafras Log Behind the Barn in by J. Augustus Lemcke (1905)
"Owned by a "jackleg" carpenter, she was commanded by him, and he in turn was bossed by his wife, a veritable little vixen, with features which bore the ..."

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