American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give a sudden quick thrust, push, pull, or twist to.
- v. To throw or toss with a quick abrupt motion.
- v. To utter abruptly or sharply: jerked out the answer.
- v. To make and serve (ice-cream sodas, for example) at a soda fountain.
- v. Sports To press (a weight) overhead from shoulder height in a quick motion.
- v. To move in sudden abrupt motions; jolt: The train jerked forward.
- v. To make spasmodic motions: My legs jerked from fatigue.
- n. A sudden abrupt motion, such as a yank or twist.
- n. A jolting or lurching motion.
- n. Physiology A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement.
- n. Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
- n. Slang A foolish, rude, or contemptible person.
- n. Sports A lift in which the weight is heaved overhead from shoulder height with a quick motion.
- jerk off Vulgar Slang To masturbate.
- jerk around To take unfair advantage of, deceive, or manipulate.
- v. To cut (meat) into long strips and dry in the sun or cure by exposing to smoke.
- adj. Being or relating to a method of barbecuing meat that has been seasoned and wrapped in leaves of the allspice tree: jerk chicken; jerk pork.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike or beat, as with a whip or rod; strike smartly.
- To pull or thrust with sudden energy; act upon with a twitching or snatching motion; move with quick, sharp force: of ten with a word or words of direction: as, to jerk open a door; the horse jerked out his heels.
- To throw with a quick, sharp motion; specifically, to throw with the hand lower than the elbow, with an impulse given by sudden collision of the forearm with the hip: as, to jerk a stone.
- To make a sudden spasmodic motion; give a start; move twitchingly.
- To sneer; carp; speak sarcastically.
- n. A short, sharp pull, thrust, or twitch; a sudden throw or toss; a jolt; a twitching or spasmodic motion.
- n. A sudden spring or bound; a start; a leap; a sally.
- n. An involuntary spasmodic contraction of a muscle, due to reflex action resulting from a blow or other external stimulus. Thus, a blow upon the ligament of the patella, below the knee-cap, produces spasmodic contraction of the extensor muscles of the leg, which is straightened with a jerk. This is technically called
knee-jerk, and the same action in other parts receives qualifying terms, as chin-jerk, etc.
- n. plural The paroxysms or violent spasmodic movements sometimes resulting from excitement in connection with religious services. Specifically called the jerks.
- n. A sneer; sarcasm.
- In the English custom-house, to search, as a vessel, for unentered goods.
- n. Meat cut into strips and cured by drying it in the open air.
- To cure, as meat, especially beef, by cutting into long thin pieces and drying in the sun.
- n. In golf, a stroke in which the club-head, after striking the ball, digs into the ground.
- n. An abrupt witticism; a sudden sally of wit.
- n. plural Chorea or tic.
- n. Caribbean A rich, spicy Jamaican marinade
- n. Caribbean Meat cured by jerking; charqui.
- v. To cure (meat) by cutting it into strips and drying it, originally in the sun.
- n. A sudden, often uncontrolled movement, especially of the body.
- n. A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
- n. US, slang, pejorative A dull or stupid person.
- n. US, slang, pejorative A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable.
- n. physics, engineering The rate of change in acceleration with respect to time.
- n. obsolete A soda jerk.
- n. weightlifting A lift in which the weight is taken with a quick motion from shoulder height to a position above the head with arms fully extended and held there for a brief time.
- v. intransitive To make a sudden uncontrolled movement.
- v. transitive To give a quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
- v. US, slang, vulgar To masturbate.
- v. obsolete To beat, to hit.
- v. obsolete To throw.
- v. weightlifting To lift using a jerk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun. See charqui.
- v. obsolete To beat; to strike.
- v. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull, or twist, to; to yerk
- v. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand.
- v. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts.
- v. To flout with contempt.
- n. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion.
- n. A sudden start or spring.
- n. Slang A foolish, stupid, or otherwise contemptible person.
- 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
pressin that the motion in a jerkis more rapid, and the body may be moved under the weight to assist completion of the movement.
- n. British Calisthenic exercises, such as push-ups or deep knee bends; also called
- v. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
- v. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
- v. pull, or move with a sudden movement
- n. raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
- n. (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration
- n. a sudden abrupt pull
- v. throw or toss with a quick motion
- n. meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
- n. a dull stupid fatuous person
- v. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
- n. an abrupt spasmodic movement
- Probably from Middle English yerk ("sudden motion"), from Old English ġearc ("ready, active, quick"). Compare Old English ġearcian ("to prepare, make ready, procure, furnish, supply"). Related to yare. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown.Back-formation from jerky2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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