What does jerk mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jerk, dorknoun

    a dull stupid fatuous person

  2. jerk, jerking, jolt, saccadenoun

    an abrupt spasmodic movement

  3. jerknoun

    (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

  4. jerky, jerked meat, jerknoun

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

  5. jerknoun

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

  6. tug, jerkverb

    a sudden abrupt pull

  7. yank, jerkverb

    pull, or move with a sudden movement

    "He turned the handle and jerked the door open"

  8. jerk, twitchverb

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

    "The patient's legs were jerkings"

  9. twitch, jerkverb

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

    "his face is twitching"

  10. buck, jerk, hitchverb

    jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

    "the yung filly bucked"

  11. jerk, flickverb

    throw or toss with a quick motion

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


  1. Jerknoun

    (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. Jerkverb

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  2. Jerkverb

    to beat; to strike

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  3. Jerkverb

    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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  4. Jerkverb

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  5. Jerkverb

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  6. Jerkverb

    to flout with contempt

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  7. Jerknoun

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

    Etymology: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]

  8. Jerknoun

    a sudden start or spring

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. jerk

    A sudden snatch or drawing pull; particularly applied to that given to the trigger of a lock. (See SACCADE.)

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  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

Examples of jerk in a Sentence

  1. Brad McMillan:

    There was a knee-jerk reaction to the Trump Jr emails, but it's a not a problem today, so the reaction was overstated.

  2. Marc Maron:

    And I would ask Comedian Louis . about it. I would say, ‘ This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true ? ’ Comedian Louis . goes, ‘ No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumor. ’ And I would say, ‘ Well, are you going to address it somehow ? Handle it ? Get out from under it whenever it shows up ? ’ ‘ Comedian Louis . ca n’t, I ca n’t do that. I ca n’t give it life, give it air. ’ That was the conversation.

  3. Alfredo Ortiz:

    We want the game back where it belongs, this was a knee-jerk, hypocritical and illegal reaction to misinformation about Georgia’s new voting law which includes voter ID.

  4. Steve Tomsic:

    I think when people think about competition, they sort of, their knee jerk reaction is to think,' well all we need is two or three talking heads to go head to head with ours.' The business is much bigger than that.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    I don't apologize for it because he is a jerk.

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  • رعشة, يرتعش, هزة, يهز, أحمقArabic
  • 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
  • אִידיוֹטHebrew
  • 加加速度, 躍度Japanese
  • inprobusLatin
  • 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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    emerged from an egg
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    • C. reassuring
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