erk

[ urk ]
/ ɜrk /

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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British Dictionary definitions for erk

erk
/ (ɜːk) /

noun

British slang an aircraftman or naval rating

Word Origin for erk

C20: perhaps a corruption of AC (aircraftman)
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