from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make ready; prepare.
- v. To dispose; be set in order for; be destined or intended for.
- v. To set open; open.
- v. To draw (stitches etc.) tight.
- v. To hit, strike, especially with a cane or whip.
- v. To crack (a whip).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To yerk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make ready; prepare.
- To dispose.
- To set open; open.
- n. A variant of yerk.
From Middle English ȝarken, ȝerken, from Old English ġearcian ("to prepare, make ready, procure, furnish, supply"), from Proto-Germanic *garwakōnan (“to prepare”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ-, *gʰerbʰ- (“to grab, take, rake”), equivalent to yare + -k. Related to Old English ġearc ("ready, active, quick"), Old English ġearu ("prepared, ready, equipped, complete, finished, yare"). More at yare. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain, probably originally imitative; compare jerk etc. (Wiktionary)