from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One who works at a soda fountain.

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  • n. A person who works at a soda fountain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person who serves soda, ice cream, similar foods from behind a soda fountain.

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  • n. someone who works at a soda fountain


Short for soda jerker.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Soda jerk (or soda jerker) is the name for the person — typically a youth — who works the soda fountain in a drugstore. The term refers to the person who made an ice cream soda. This was made by putting flavored syrup into a specially designed tall glass, adding soda water and, finally one or two scoops of ice cream. The result was served with a long handled "soda spoon" and straws. The name soda jerk came from the jerking action the server would use on the soda fountain handle when adding the soda water. Very few drugstores still serve ice cream and soda, which reached its peak in the 1940s.

    February 13, 2008