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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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  • The next day he was installed as a clerk in the office of Peter Van Erk, one of the principal merchants in the city.

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  • The large public hall in which meetings of the sort were generally held was nearly filled by the time the Van Erk party arrived.

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British Dictionary definitions for erk

/ (ɜːk) /


British slang an aircraftman or naval rating
C20: perhaps a corruption of AC (aircraftman)
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