[yurk]Chiefly British Dialect
- to strike or whip.
- to stir up; arouse; excite.
- to jerk.
- to move (a part of one's body) with a jerk.
- to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.
- to kick.
- to rise suddenly.
- to enter into something eagerly.
- a kick or jerk.
- a thud or blow, as from a stick.
Origin of yerk
1400–50; late Middle English < ?
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Examples from the Web for yerk
But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)
But Whiffle never could acquit Yerk of having been, directly or indirectly, the cause of his suffering from the impure shower.Tom Cringle's Log
George bit his lip, scratched his head with the awl, and gave the lingles such a yerk, that he made them both crack in two.The Shepherd's Calendar