- an aircraftsman of the lowest rank in the Royal Air Force.
- a worthless, stupid person; jerk.
Origin of erk
First recorded in 1920–25; earlier naval slang for any noncommissioned rank; of uncertain origin
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- British slang an aircraftman or naval rating
Word Origin for erk
C20: perhaps a corruption of AC (aircraftman)
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