Jerk - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʒɜːrk|  American pronunciation of the word jerk
Brit.  |dʒɜːk|  British pronunciation of the word jerk


- a dull stupid fatuous person
- an abrupt spasmodic movement (syn: jerking, jolt)
- (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration
- meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun (syn: jerky)
- raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
- a sudden abrupt pull (syn: tug)


- pull, or move with a sudden movement (syn: yank)
He turned the handle and jerked the door open
- move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions (syn: twitch)
The patient's legs were jerkings
- make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion (syn: twitch)
- jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched (syn: buck, hitch)
- throw or toss with a quick motion (syn: flick)
jerk his head

Extra examples

That jerk can't do anything right.

Most of the kids are nice, but some are jerks.

The dead branch came loose after a few jerks.

He felt the jerk of the line as a fish took the bait.

The car started with a jerk.

In spite of his fear, he jerked out his request.

Wilcox jerked his head to indicate that they should move on.

'Is that the only way out of here?' he asked, jerking a thumb at the door.

Suddenly he jerked back in his chair.

The sound of the phone jerked me awake.

Doyle jerked at the girl's hair, to make her sit down.

She jerked open the car door and got out.

He gave a sudden jerk of his head.

She started the car with a jerk and hit the bumper of the car in front.

I swore at him for being such a jerk.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: jerk
he/she/it: jerks
present participle: jerking
past tense: jerked
past participle: jerked
singular: jerk
plural: jerks
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