jerk1 / jərk/ • n. 1. a quick, sharp, sudden movement: he gave a sudden jerk of his head. ∎ a spasmodic muscular twitch. ∎ [in sing.] Weightlifting the raising of a barbell above the head from shoulder level by an abrupt straightening of the arms and legs, typically as the second part of a clean and jerk.
2. inf. a contemptibly obnoxious person.
• v. [tr.] make (something) move with a jerk: she jerked her chin up. ∎ [intr.] move with a jerk: his head jerked around the van jerked forward. ∎ suddenly rouse or jolt (someone): the thud jerked her back to reality. ∎ [tr.] Weightlifting raise (a weight) from shoulder level to above the head.
PHRASAL VERBS: jerk someone around inf. deal with someone dishonestly or unfairly.jerk off vulgar slang masturbate.DERIVATIVES: jerk·er n.jerk2 • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (jerked) prepare (meat) by marinating it in spices and drying or barbecuing it over a wood fire: jerked beef.
• n. meat cooked in this way: fiery Jamaican jerk | [as adj.] jerk chicken.
, berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk
, erk, irk, jerk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, perk, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work
•Selkirk • Falkirk • Atatürk
•patchwork • handwork • waxwork
•craftwork • headwork • legwork
•metalwork • guesswork
•breastwork • daywork • spadework
•framework • brainwork
•paintwork • beadwork • fieldwork
•needlework • teamwork • piecework
•brickwork • handiwork • bodywork
•basketwork • donkeywork • telework
•clockwork • knotwork • formwork
•coursework • falsework
•groundwork • housework
•coachwork • roadwork • homework
•stonework • woodwork • bookwork
•footwork • brushwork • firework
•ironwork • underwork • wickerwork
•paperwork • openwork • camerawork
cure (beef) by cutting it into strips and drying it. XVIII. An earlier form is found in †jerkin beef
(XVII); repr. Amer. Sp. charquear
, f. charqui
— Quechua echarqui
dried flesh in long strips.
jerk (jerk) n.
the sudden contraction of a muscle in response to a nerve impulse. knee j.
see patellar reflex
†stroke with a whip; sharp sudden pull or thrust. XVI. gen. synon. with †jert
(XVI); all three forms may be phonetically symbolical in origin.