jer·​kin | \ ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio) \

Definition of jerkin

: a close-fitting hip-length usually sleeveless jacket

Examples of jerkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Towering above a river in his jerkin and waders, fly cast, cigar firmly in mouth, was a good way to ruminate on big decisions. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2019 His technical skill can be seen in the slight fringe at the hem of the boy’s jerkin, which is stretched taut across his frame and held together by small hooks on his left side, and in the clarity of the characters inscribed on the garment’s trim. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019 Layered underneath is a jerkin, a close-fitting jacket, with a red horizontal brocade and doublet. Liesl Bradner,, 10 Feb. 2018 Lampert goes through more costume changes than Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: a leather motorcycle jacket, a skintight chain-mail shirt, a shiny armored jerkin. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of jerkin

1519, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jerkin

origin unknown

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“Jerkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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jer·​kin | \ ˈjər-kən How to pronounce jerkin (audio) \

Kids Definition of jerkin

: a short sleeveless jacket

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Nglish: Translation of jerkin for Spanish Speakers


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