What does jerkin mean?

Definitions for jerkinˈdʒɜr kɪn

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jerkin(noun)

    a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times


  1. jerkin(Noun)

    A type of garment: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves.

  2. jerkin(Noun)

    a sleeveless jacket, usually leather; a long waistcoat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jerkin(noun)

    a jacket or short coat; a close waistcoat

  2. Jerkin(noun)

    a male gyrfalcon

  3. Origin: [Dim. of D. jurk a frock.]


  1. Jerkin

    A jerkin is a man's short close-fitting jacket, made usually of light-colored leather, and often without sleeves, worn over the doublet in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The term is also applied to a similar sleeveless garment worn by the British Army in the twentieth century. The stock phrase, buff jerkin, refers to an oiled oxhide jerkin, as worn by soldiers. The origin of the word is unknown. The Dutch word jurk, a child's frock, often taken as the source, is modern, and represents neither the sound nor the sense of the English word.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jerkin

    jėr′kin, n. a young salmon.—Also Gin′kin.

  2. Jerkin

    jėr′kin, n. a jacket, a short coat or close waistcoat.—n. Jer′kin-head (archit.) the combination of a truncated gable with a hipped roof. [Dut., dim. of jurk, a frock.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Images & Illustrations of jerkin

  1. jerkin

Translations for jerkin

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for jerkin »


Find a translation for the jerkin definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these jerkin definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"jerkin." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 21 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/jerkin>.

Are we missing a good definition for jerkin? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for jerkin:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.