- to jar, shake, or cause to move by or as if by a sudden rough thrust; shake up roughly: The bus jolted its passengers as it went down the rocky road.
- to knock sharply so as to dislodge: He jolted the nail free with a stone.
- to stun with a blow, especially in boxing.
- to shock emotionally or psychologically: His sudden death jolted us all.
- to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly: to jolt a person into awareness.
- to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner: to jolt someone's memory.
- to interfere with or intrude upon, especially in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
- to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.
- a jolting shock, movement, or blow: The automobile gave a sudden jolt.
- an emotional or psychological shock: The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt.
- something that causes such a shock: The news was a jolt to me.
- a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat: Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition.
- Slang. a prison sentence.
- Slang. an injection of a narcotic.
- a bracing dose of something: a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.
Origin of jolt
Examples from the Web for jolting
In its presence--jolting, sudden, horrific—the monster is the monster of grief.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
The assumption was that an electric chair death would occur by jolting the heart into stopping.The Death Penalty’s Gruesome Truth
February 6, 2014
Audiences can be jaded when it comes to horror novels, as they are used to jolting films.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
They say the quote serves as a jolting reminder of how quickly people can change.Black DNC Delegates Stick With Bill Clinton
September 5, 2012
First, Iowa is still up in the air and could deliver a jolting surprise.Michael Tomasky on the GOP's Christmas Gift to Obama
December 22, 2011
Hours and hours—they seemed like years—of jolting over rough roads.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
They could hear the jolting of the laden cart on its way down the glen.The Manxman
But the jolting of the coach had so hardly used Crispin that he had to be carried into the hostelry.The Tavern Knight
Nelly was quite pleased to feel the jolting of a cart once more.The Little Girl Lost
The sound of heavy horses at a jolting trot came to our ears.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- to bump against with a jarring blow; jostle
- to move in a jolting manner
- to surprise or shock
- a sudden jar or blow
- an emotional shock
Word Origin and History for jolting
1590s, "a knock," from jolt (v.). Meaning "jarring shock" is from 1630s.
1590s, perhaps from Middle English jollen, chollen "to knock, to batter" (early 15c.), or an alteration of obsolete jot (v.) "to jostle" (1520s). Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1530s). Figurative sense of "to startle, surprise" is from 1872. Related: Jolted; jolting.