WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
jerk1 /dʒɜrk/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a quick, sharp pull, push, twist, throw, or the like;
sudden movement:The train started with a jerk.
- Physiologya sudden movement of a muscle, esp. when involuntary.
- Slang Termsa foolish, stupid person;
- to pull, twist, move, push, or throw with a quick, sudden motion:[~ + object]She jerked the child by the hand.
- to move with a quick, sharp motion, as if uncontrolled:[no object]His arms and legs jerked in spasm.
- Informal Termsto prepare and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain:[~ + object]He jerked sodas for a few years.
- jerk off, [no object] Slang (vulgar ). to masturbate.
( jûrk),USA pronunciation n.
- a quick, sharp pull, thrust, twist, throw, or the like;
a sudden movement:The train started with a jerk.
- Physiologya spasmodic, usually involuntary, muscular movement, as the reflex action of pulling the hand away from a flame.
- any sudden, quick movement of the body, as in dodging something.
- Slang Termsa contemptibly naive, fatuous, foolish, or inconsequential person.
- Sport(in weightlifting) the raising of a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms.
- British Termsjerks, See physical jerks.
- Music and Dancea dance, deriving from the twist, in which the dancers alternately thrust out their pelvises and their shoulders.
- the jerks, paroxysms or violent spasmodic muscular movements, as resulting from excitement evoked by some religious services.
- to pull, twist, move, thrust, or throw with a quick, suddenly arrested motion:She jerked the child by the hand.
- to utter in a broken, spasmodic way.
- Informal Termsto prepare, dispense, and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain.
- to give a jerk or jerks.
- to move with a quick, sharp motion;
- to talk in a broken, spasmodic way.
- Informal Termsto work as a soda jerk.
- Music and Danceto dance the jerk.
- jerk off, Slang (vulgar). to masturbate.
( jûrk),USA pronunciation v.t.
- 1540–50; 1935–40 for def. 4; perh. dialect, dialectal variant of yerk to draw stitches tight (shoemaker's term), thus making the shoe ready to wear, Old English gearcian to prepare, make ready
- Foodto preserve (meat, esp. beef ) by cutting in strips and curing by drying in the sun.
- Foodbeing or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used esp. in Jamaican cooking:jerk sauce.
- Foodprepared with jerk flavorings, esp. by barbecuing or grilling:jerk chicken.
- back formation from jerky2 1700–10
Foodbeing or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used esp. in Jamaican cooking:jerk sauce.
Foodprepared with jerk flavorings, esp. by barbecuing or grilling:jerk chicken.
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jerk /dʒɜːk/ vb
- to move or cause to move with an irregular or spasmodic motion
- to throw, twist, pull, or push (something) abruptly or spasmodically
- (transitive) often followed by out: to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a spasmodic, abrupt, or breathless manner
Etymology: 16th Century: probably variant of yerk to pull stitches tight in making a shoe; compare Old English gearcian to make readyˈjerker n
- an abrupt or spasmodic movement
- an irregular jolting motion: the car moved with a jerk
Also called: physical jerks (plural) Brit informal physical exercises
- slang chiefly US Canadian a person regarded with contempt, esp a stupid or ignorant person
jerk /dʒɜːk/ vb (transitive)
- to preserve (venison, beef, etc) by cutting into thin strips and curing by drying in the sun
Etymology: 18th Century: back formation from jerky, from charqui
Also called: jerky jerked meat, esp beef
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