Definitions for jerkdʒɜrk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a quick, sharp pull, thrust, twist, or the like; sudden, abrupt movement.
a sudden involuntary muscle contraction, as of a reflex.
Slang. a contemptibly naive, stupid, or insignificant person.
Category: Status (usage)
(in weightlifting) the raising of a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms.
the jerks, involuntary, spasmodic muscular movements, as from emotional tension.
(v.t.)to pull, twist, move, thrust, or throw with a quick, suddenly arrested motion:
She jerked the child by the hand.
Informal. to prepare and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain.
(v.i.)to give a jerk or jerks.
to move with a quick, sharp motion; move spasmodically.
Informal. to work as a soda jerk.
jerk around,to treat (someone) in a manipulative and deceitful manner.
Category: Common Vocabulary
jerk off,Vulgar Slang. to masturbate.
Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)
Origin of jerk:
1540–50; perh. dial. var. of yerk to draw stitches tight (shoemaker's term)
to preserve (meat, esp. beef) by cutting in strips and drying in the sun.
(adj.)being or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used esp. in Jamaican cooking:
prepared with jerk flavorings, esp. by barbecuing or grilling:
Origin of jerk:
1700–10; < AmerSp charquear, der. of charquijerky2
a dull stupid fatuous person
jerk, jerking, jolt, saccade(noun)
an abrupt spasmodic movement
(mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration
jerky, jerked meat, jerk(noun)
meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
a sudden abrupt pull
pull, or move with a sudden movement
"He turned the handle and jerked the door open"
move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
"The patient's legs were jerkings"
make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
"his face is twitching"
buck, jerk, hitch(verb)
jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
"the yung filly bucked"
throw or toss with a quick motion
"flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to move or make move with quick, forceful movements
The bus jerked to a halt.; She jerked the door open.; I jerked on the rope to tighten it.
an impolite word meaning unpleasant or unkind person
What a jerk!
to cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, jerk beef. See Charqui
to beat; to strike
to give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull, or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to jerk a coat off
to throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone
to make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts
to flout with contempt
a short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion
a sudden start or spring
Translations for jerk
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a short, sudden movement
We felt a jerk as the train started.
- solavancoPortuguese (BR)
- der RuckGerman
- تکان ناگهانیFarsi
- धक्का, झटका, मूर्खHindi
- (hirtelen) rántásHungarian
- kippur, rykkurIcelandic
- scossa, sobbalzoItalian
- 갑작스런 움직임Korean
- truktelėjimas, trūkčiojimasLithuanian
- rāviens; grūdiensLatvian
- rykk, støtNorwegian
- تکان ناگهانیPersian
- ټكان، چړپ خرپ، چړك، جټكهPashto
- ryck, knyck, stötSwedish
- sarsıntı, silkintiTurkish
- 猛拉，猝然一動Chinese (Trad.)
- різкий поштовх, ривокUkrainian
- sự giật mạnhVietnamese
- 猛拉Chinese (Simp.)
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