from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A temporary or expedient substitute for something else.
- adj. Suitable as a temporary or expedient substitute: used a rock as a makeshift hammer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A temporary, usually insubstantial, substitution for something else.
- adj. Made to work or suffice; improvised; substituted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That with which one makes shift; a temporary expedient, with implication of inferiority to the more usual object or means.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shifty person; one given to shifts or expedients; a mischievous fellow.
- n. That with which one makes shift; an expedient adopted to serve a present need or turn; a temporary substitute.
- Of the nature of a temporary expedient.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
- adj. done or made using whatever is available
From make + shift. (Wiktionary)