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noun British Slang.
  1. an aircraftsman of the lowest rank in the Royal Air Force.
  2. 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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British Dictionary definitions for erk


  1. British slang an aircraftman or naval rating
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Word Origin for erk

C20: perhaps a corruption of AC (aircraftman)
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