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jerkin

[jur-kin]
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noun
  1. a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of jerkin

First recorded in 1510–20; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for jerkin

Historical Examples

  • This book Peter thrust away within his jerkin to study at his leisure.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • So, throwing it from him, he brushed the crumbs from his jerkin.

  • Sim had crept up, and, standing behind Ralph, was plucking at his jerkin.

  • He was plainly dressed, and wore a jerkin of leather and long boots.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • But every man wore a shirt of mail under his doublet or jerkin.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for jerkin

jerkin

noun
  1. a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
  2. a man's sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jerkin

n.

1510s, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Dutch jurk "a frock," but this is a modern word, itself of unknown origin, and the initial consonant presents difficulties (Dutch -j- typically becomes English -y-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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