[ urk ]
/ ɜrk /
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noun British Slang.
an aircraftsman of the lowest rank in the Royal Air Force.
a worthless, stupid person; jerk.
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Origin of erk
First recorded in 1920–25; earlier naval slang for any noncommissioned rank; of uncertain origin
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Example sentences from the Web for erk
The next day he was installed as a clerk in the office of Peter Van Erk, one of the principal merchants in the city.
The large public hall in which meetings of the sort were generally held was nearly filled by the time the Van Erk party arrived.
British Dictionary definitions for erk
/ (ɜːk) /
British slang an aircraftman or naval rating
Word Origin for erk
C20: perhaps a corruption of AC (aircraftman)
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