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ˈdʒɜr kɪnjerkin

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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

    Etymology: [Dim. of D. jurk a frock.]

  2. Jerkin(noun)

    a male gyrfalcon

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. jerkin

    An old name for a coatee, or skirted jacket.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Jerkin

    Expresses the diminutive of the Dutch jurk, coat, frock; hence a short coat or jacket.

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  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

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