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Meaning of JERK

Pronunciation:  jurk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an abrupt spasmodic movement
  2. [n]  a sudden abrupt pull
  3. [n]  a dull stupid fatuous person
  4. [n]  (mechanics) the rate of change of velocity
  5. [v]  make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
  6. [v]  throw or toss with a quick motion; "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"
  7. [v]  pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."
  8. [v]  jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched, as of horses
  9. [v]  move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"

JERK is a 4 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: buck, dork, flick, flip, hitch, jerking, jolt, rate of acceleration, tug, twitch, twitch, yank
 See Also: draw, fibrillate, force, misfit, motility, motion, move, move, move involuntarily, move reflexively, movement, pull, pull, pulling, push, rate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Jerk\, v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]
    To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as,
    jerk beef. See {Charqui}.
  2. \Jerk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jerked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Jerking}.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a measure.]
    1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio.
    2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull,
       or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to
       jerk a coat off.
    3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the
       hand; as, to jerk a stone.
  3. \Jerk\, v. i.
    1. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by
       starts. --Milton.
    2. To flout with contempt.
  4. \Jerk\, n.
    1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake,
       or similar motion.
             His jade gave him a jerk.             --B. Jonson.
    2. A sudden start or spring.
             Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs.
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