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

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

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

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



Definition of JERK

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

First Known Use of JERK



transitive verb

Definition of JERK

:  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


noun \ˈjərk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of JERK

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


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