Definitions for jerker

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a quick, sharp pull, thrust, twist, or the like; sudden, abrupt movement.

  2. a sudden involuntary muscle contraction, as of a reflex.

    Category: Physiology

  3. Slang. a contemptibly naive, stupid, or insignificant person.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. (in weightlifting) the raising of a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms.

    Category: Sport

  5. the jerks, involuntary, spasmodic muscular movements, as from emotional tension.

  6. (v.t.)to pull, twist, move, thrust, or throw with a quick, suddenly arrested motion:

    She jerked the child by the hand.

  7. Informal. to prepare and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain.

    Category: Informal

  8. (v.i.)to give a jerk or jerks.

  9. to move with a quick, sharp motion; move spasmodically.

  10. Informal. to work as a soda jerk.

    Category: Informal

  11. jerk around,to treat (someone) in a manipulative and deceitful manner.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. 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)



  1. to preserve (meat, esp. beef) by cutting in strips and drying in the sun.

    Category: Cooking

  2. (adj.)being or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used esp. in Jamaican cooking:

    jerk sauce.

    Category: Cooking

  3. prepared with jerk flavorings, esp. by barbecuing or grilling:

    jerk chicken.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of jerk:

1700–10; < AmerSp charquear, der. of charquijerky2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yanker, jerker(noun)

    someone who gives a strong sudden pull


  1. jerker(Noun)

    A North American river chub (Hybopsis biguttatus).

  2. jerker(Noun)

    Someone or something that jerks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jerker(noun)

    a beater

  2. Jerker(noun)

    one who jerks or moves with a jerk

  3. Jerker(noun)

    a North American river chub (Hybopsis biguttatus)


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