soda jerk


: a person who dispenses carbonated drinks and ice cream at a soda fountain

called also soda jerker

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tom Fello began his food service career as a soda jerk at age 14 in a local drug store. cleveland, 20 June 2022 According to Pete Freeman, co-owner, co-founder and chief soda jerk at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, nostalgia is at least half of the egg cream’s appeal. Rachel Ringler,, 16 June 2021 Works part-time jobs, including as a soda jerk, before reapplying himself to his studies. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 10 May 2021 Throughout the 1940s and '50s, Payne's offered curbside service, with soda jerks delivering Coca-Colas and ice cream sodas to customers who parked outside the store. Bob Carlton |, al, 23 Aug. 2019 The cans were shelf stable, meaning druggists (and soda jerks) didn't need to continually mix up new batches. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, 6 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soda jerk was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Soda jerk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

soda jerk

: one who prepares and serves soft drinks and ice cream at a soda fountain
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