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yerk

verb \ ˈyərk \

Definition of yerk

transitive verb
1 dialect : to beat vigorously : thrash
2 dialect : to attack or excite vigorously : goad

Origin and Etymology of yerk

Middle English, to bind tightly


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yerk

noun

Definition of yerk

1 Scotland : a lashing out : kick
2 dialect : jerk 1

First Known Use of yerk

1581


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