Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of yark.
- To lash; strike smartly; beat; hence, to rouse; excite.
- To throw, thrust, or pull sharply or suddenly; jerk; move with a jerk.
- To bind or tie tightly or with a jerk.
- To lash out, as a horse; kick.
- To move with sudden jerks; jerk.
- n. A sudden or quick thrust or motion; a kick; a smart stroke; a blow. Also yark.
- v. archaic to stab.
- n. archaic A sudden or quick thrust or motion; a jerk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To throw or thrust with a sudden, smart movement; to kick or strike suddenly; to jerk.
- v. Obs. or Scot. To strike or lash with a whip.
- v. To throw out the heels; to kick; to jerk.
- v. To move a quick, jerking motion.
- n. A sudden or quick thrust or motion; a jerk.
“He will keep his sorrows to himself, but the recollection of them will make him "yerk," _i. e._, writhe, or start with pain -- applied in”
“At which I broke through my rule never to lift my fist to the bairn, and gave him such a yerk in the cheek with the loof of my hand, as made, I am sure, his lugs ring, and sent him dozing to the door like a peerie.”
“Yes; he would lie still awhile, and then rustle in the straw, and speak sometimes as though he were King William himself, and anon he would speak in parables and tales, and if at once we saw not his meaning he would yerk us in the ribs with his scabbarded sword.”
“Baglione and Oddi kissed each other; all feuds were stayed; a man might climb the black alleys of a night without any fear of a knife to yerk him”
“I pull, I twis ', I yerk at dem jacket;' e yent come.”
“I say me pray 'pon da' jacket; 'e is bin-a yerk loose; da' sleef 'e do tu'n.”
“Nachnataryan yerk (Pagan chant) 1994 - Romantic Songs (192 kbps) 01.”
“Dog on it, it was more than I could thole, and I saw that his mother had spoiled him; so, though I aye liked to give him wholesome reproof rather than lift my fist, I broke through this rule in a couple of hurries, and gave him such a yerk in the cheek with the loof of my hand, as made, I am sure, his lugs ring, and sent him dozing to the door like a peerie.”
“When he does it, cherish him; and see he does it comely, for to yerk out his hinder Legs, till his Forelegs be above ground, is not graceful; or one Leg yerk’t further out than the other; or one Leg out while the other is on the ground; in this case a single Spur on the faulty side is best.”
“They find ma bits o 'gibes come hame to their hearts wi' a kind o 'yerk, an' that gars them wince. ”
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