Definitions For Jackleg


JACKLEG (plural JACKLEGs) A type of drill operated by means of compressed air. (US) An amateur; an untrained or incompetent person. (US) A shyster or con artist; a gambler who cheats;Tom Dalzell (ed.), The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, New York: Routledge, 8th edition, 2009, p. 554. a generally dishonest or reprehensible person.

Derived terms

jackleg fence


(not comparable) (US) amateur, amateur, untrained; incompetent. (US) dishonest, dishonest, unscrupulous. (US) inept, ineptly built or operated; makeshift.

Alternative forms

jacklegged (adjective)


Compare blackleg (a person who replaces striking workers; a cheater) and such expressions as jack of all trades, every man jack.

Usage notes

Although the term most often carries negative connotations (inept, dishonest), it may also have positive ones (self-taught expert, hands-on learner). Occasionally it is used as a generic pejorative intensifier, equivalent to damn, out-and-out, etc., e.g. a jackleg crook, a jackleg bastard.

Is Jackleg a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

Points in Different Games

Words with Friends

The word Jackleg is worth 21 points in Scrabble and 26 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Jackleg in a Sentence

  • A toolshed that can be built by any jackleg carpenter who's capable of hitting a nail without smashing his thumb
  • He did such a jackleg installation of that door frame that now the door won't shut

Antonyms for Jackleg

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