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Definition of "jackleg" []

  • Lacking skill or training; incompetent. Used especially of lawyers or preachers. (adjective)
  • Unscrupulous or dishonest. (adjective)
  • Makeshift; temporary. (adjective)
  • An unskilled or unscrupulous itinerant worker. (noun)
  • A strikebreaker. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jackleg" in a sentence
  • "Huckabee is a jackleg preacher turned politician and doesn't like Romney because he's Mormon."
  • "With stinging satire, Ms. Lamb unveils a host of eccentric characters that include a grandmother whose down-home observations often echo a Moms Mabley routine, and a jackleg preacher reminiscent of Reverend Ike."
  • "Enid2s husband was supposed to be a Brightblade, not some outlander tricked up like a jackleg executioner."