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jerk

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noun \ˈjərk\

Definition of jerk

  1. 1a :  an annoyingly stupid or foolish person was acting like a jerkb :  an unlikable person; especially :  one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded a selfish jerk

  2. 2 :  a single quick motion of short duration a sudden jerk gave the handle a jerk

  3. 3a :  jolting, bouncing, or thrusting motionsb :  a tendency to produce spasmodic motions

  4. 4a :  an involuntary spasmodic muscular movement due to reflex actionb jerks plural :  involuntary twitchings due to nervous excitement

  5. 5 :  the pushing of a weight from shoulder height to a position overhead :  the second phase of the clean and jerk 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.

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Origin and Etymology of jerk

probably alteration of yerk


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jerk

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Definition of jerk

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

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

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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a sudden spasmodic motion Her hand jerked up suddenly.

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

jerker

noun

Origin and Etymology of jerk

see 1jerk


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jerk

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Definition of jerk

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

Origin and Etymology of jerk

back-formation from 1jerky



JERK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of jerk for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JERK Defined for Kids

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jerk

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verb \ˈjərk\

Definition of jerk for Students

jerked

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jerking

  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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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


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