Dictionary

1jerk

noun \ˈjərk\

: a stupid person or a person who is not well-liked or who treats other people badly

: a quick pull or twist

: a sudden sharp movement

Full Definition of JERK

1
:  a single quick motion of short duration
2
a :  jolting, bouncing, or thrusting motions
b :  a tendency to produce spasmodic motions
3
a :  an involuntary spasmodic muscular movement due to reflex action
b plural :  involuntary twitchings due to nervous excitement
4
a :  an annoyingly stupid or foolish person
b :  an unlikable person; especially :  one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded
5
:  the pushing of a weight from shoulder height to a position overhead in weight lifting
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of JERK

  1. That jerk can't do anything right.
  2. Most of the kids are nice, but some are jerks.
  3. The dead branch came loose after a few jerks.
  4. He felt the jerk of the line as a fish took the bait.
  5. The car started with a jerk.

Origin of JERK

probably alteration of yerk
First Known Use: 1575

Related to JERK

Synonyms
bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin, son of a gun
Antonyms
push

2jerk

verb

Definition of JERK

transitive verb
1
:  to give a quick suddenly arrested push, pull, or twist to
2
:  to propel or move with or as if with a quick suddenly arrested motion
3
:  to mix and serve (as sodas) behind a soda fountain
intransitive verb
1
:  to make a sudden spasmodic motion
2
:  to move in short abrupt motions or with frequent jolts
jerk·er noun

First Known Use of JERK

1589

3jerk

verb

Definition of JERK

transitive verb
:  to preserve (meat) in long sun-dried slices

Origin of JERK

back-formation from 1jerky
First Known Use: 1707

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
JERK Defined for Kids

1jerk

verb \ˈjərk\
jerkedjerk·ing

Definition of JERK for Kids

1
:  to give a quick sharp pull or twist to <She jerked the dog's leash.>
2
:  to move in a quick motion <He jerked his head.>

2jerk

noun

Definition of JERK for Kids

1
:  a short quick pull or jolt <… he gave the rope a vicious jerk. — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>
2
:  a foolish person
Medical Dictionary

jerk

noun \ˈjərk\

Medical Definition of JERK

:  an involuntary spasmodic muscular movement due to reflex action; especially :  one induced by an external stimulus—see knee jerk

Browse

10 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: jerk aroundPrevious Word in the Dictionary: jericanAll Words Near: jerk
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears