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jerk

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noun \ˈjərk\

Simple Definition of jerk

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jerk

  1. 1 :  a single quick motion of short duration

  2. 2 a :  jolting, bouncing, or thrusting motions b :  a tendency to produce spasmodic motions

  3. 3 a :  an involuntary spasmodic muscular movement due to reflex action b plural :  involuntary twitchings due to nervous excitement

  4. 4 a :  an annoyingly stupid or foolish person b :  an unlikable person; especially :  one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded

  5. 5 :  the pushing of a weight from shoulder height to a position overhead in weight lifting

Examples of jerk in a sentence

  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


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jerk

verb

Definition of jerk

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a quick suddenly arrested push, pull, or twist to

  3. 2 :  to propel or move with or as if with a quick suddenly arrested motion

  4. 3 :  to mix and serve (as sodas) behind a soda fountain

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a sudden spasmodic motion

  7. 2 :  to move in short abrupt motions or with frequent jolts

jerker noun


1589

First Known Use of jerk

1589


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jerk

verb

Definition of jerk

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



Origin of jerk

back-formation from 1jerky


First Known Use: 1707



JERK Defined for Kids

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jerk

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verb \ˈjərk\

Definition of jerk for Students

jerkedjerking

  1. 1 :  to give a quick sharp pull or twist to <She jerked the dog's leash.>

  2. 2 :  to move in a quick motion <He jerked his head.>




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jerk

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noun

Definition of jerk for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a foolish person




Medical Dictionary

jerk

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noun \ˈjərk\

Medical Definition of jerk

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




Learn More about jerk

  1. Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for "jerk" Medical Dictionary: Definition of "jerk" Spanish Central: Translation of "jerk"


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