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)
  • Amateur; untrained; incompetent (adjective)

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.

  • Dishonest or unscrupulous (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."