from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Informal Remote, small, and insignificant: a jerkwater town.
- adj. Informal Contemptibly trivial: jerkwater notions.
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- n. A train on a branch line.
- adj. Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, backward
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. small and remote and insignificant.
- adj. Off the main railroad line.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. small and remote and insignificant
From jerkwater, a branch-line train, so called because its small boiler had to be refilled often, requiring train crews to "jerk” or draw water from streams.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)