jerk around

verb
jerked around; jerking around; jerks around

Definition of jerk around

transitive verb

: to treat badly especially by being underhanded or inconsistent

First Known Use of jerk around

1932, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jerk around

Time Traveler for jerk around

Time Traveler

The first known use of jerk around was in 1932

See more words from the same year

Statistics for jerk around

Cite this Entry

“Jerk around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerk%20around. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on jerk around

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for jerk around

Comments on jerk around

What made you want to look up jerk around? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!