What does jerk mean?

Definitions for jerkdʒɜrk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word jerk.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jerk, dork(noun)

    a dull stupid fatuous person

  2. jerk, jerking, jolt, saccade(noun)

    an abrupt spasmodic movement

  3. jerk(noun)

    (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

  4. jerky, jerked meat, jerk(noun)

    meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

  5. jerk(noun)

    raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

  6. tug, jerk(verb)

    a sudden abrupt pull

  7. yank, jerk(verb)

    pull, or move with a sudden movement

    "He turned the handle and jerked the door open"

  8. jerk, twitch(verb)

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

    "The patient's legs were jerkings"

  9. twitch, jerk(verb)

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

    "his face is twitching"

  10. buck, jerk, hitch(verb)

    jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

    "the yung filly bucked"

  11. jerk, flick(verb)

    throw or toss with a quick motion

    "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"


  1. Jerk(n.)

    (Sport) The lifting of a weight, in a single rapid motion, from shoulder height until the arms are outstretched above the head; distinguished from press in that the motion in a jerk is more rapid, and the body may be moved under the weight to assist completion of the movement; as, a clean and jerk of two hundred pounds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jerk(verb)

    to cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, jerk beef. See Charqui

  2. Jerk(verb)

    to beat; to strike

  3. Jerk(verb)

    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

  4. Jerk(verb)

    to throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone

  5. Jerk(verb)

    to make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts

  6. Jerk(verb)

    to flout with contempt

  7. Jerk(noun)

    a short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion

  8. Jerk(noun)

    a sudden start or spring

  9. Origin: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]


  1. Jerk

    In physics, jerk, also known as jolt, surge, or lurch, is the rate of change of acceleration; that is, the derivative of acceleration with respect to time, the second derivative of velocity, or the third derivative of position. Jerk is defined by any of the following equivalent expressions: where Jerk is a vector, and there is no generally used term to describe its scalar magnitude. The SI units of jerk are metres per second cubed. There is no universal agreement on the symbol for jerk, but j is commonly used. Newton's notation for the derivative of acceleration can also be used, especially when "surge" or "lurch" is used instead of "jerk" or "jolt". If acceleration can be felt by a body as the force exerted by the object bringing about the acceleration on the body, jerk can be felt as the change in this pressure. For example a passenger in an accelerating vehicle with zero jerk will feel a constant force from the seat on his or her body; whereas positive jerk will be felt as increasing force on the body, and negative jerk as decreasing force on the body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jerk

    jėrk, v.t. to throw with a quick effort: to give a sudden movement.—n. a short, sudden movement: a striking against with a sudden motion: an involuntary spasmodic contraction of a muscle.—ns. Jerk′er; Jerk′iness.—adj. Jerk′y, moving or coming by jerks or starts, spasmodic; capricious, impatient. [A variant of jert and gird, and conn. with yard, a rod.]

  2. Jerk

    jėrk, v.t. to search, as a vessel for concealed or smuggled goods—also Jerque.—ns. Jerk′er, Jerqu′er; Jerqu′ing.

  3. Jerk

    jėrk, n. meat cut into thin pieces and dried in the sun.—Also Jerk′y. [Chilian charqui.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerk in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edward Abbey (Vox Clamans in Deserto):

    The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.

  2. Denise Dobbs:

    Sometimes love will pick you up by the short hairs...and jerk the heck out of you.

  3. Robert Heinlein, Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love":

    People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt.

  4. William F. Buckley Jr., "The Wit and Wisdom of Vlad the Impaler":

    Knee-jerk liberals and all the certified saints of sanctified humanism are quick to condemn this great and much-maligned Transylvanian statesman.

  5. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Investors have made a knee jerk reaction away from Pimco, but in doing so they need to make sure that what they are buying is a better alternative.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • رعشة, يرتعش, هزة, يهزArabic
  • ryv, blbec, debil, blbCzech
  • Ruck, rucken, Zuckung, Arschloch, zucken, dörren, ArschGerman
  • κόπανοςGreek
  • tonto, tic, huevón, tumbo, sacudida, gilipollas, estremecimiento, miserable, tirón, repullo, espasmo, gilí, imbécilSpanish
  • heilahtaa, muutos, idiootti, paskiainen, nykäisy, heilauttaa, ääliö, heilahduttaa, nykäys, nytkähdys, nytkäyttää, nytkähtää, kiihtyvyydenFinnish
  • saccade, spasme, mauvais con, clonie, tic, con, secousse, conard, sursaut, crétin, connard, soubresaut, cahot, tressaillement, jerk, convulsion, myoclonieFrench
  • succussa, vexator, spasmoInterlingua
  • sontoloyo, bangsat, bajingan, brengsekIndonesian
  • sgradevole, sobbalzo, babbeo, idiota, odioso, strattone, spasmo, strappo, offensivo, tic, scatto, scemo, stronzoItalian
  • 加加速度, 躍度Japanese
  • whakanou, pahiwi, whakanounouMāori
  • шутракMacedonian
  • estúpidoPortuguese
  • ch'arkiyQuechua
  • дебил, судорога, дёрнуть, гнида, дёрнуться, негодяй, подёргивание, вздрогнуть, подлец, рывок, дёргаться, козёл, вздрагивание, вздрагивать, вялить, толчок, тик, рвануть, мудак, дёргать, гад, спазмRussian
  • silki, pislik, ani hareket, aşağılık kimse, titremeTurkish

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