Origin of jerk

1
1540–50; 1935–40 for def 4; perhaps dialectal variant of yerk to draw stitches tight (shoemaker's term), thus making the shoe ready to wear, Old English gearcian to prepare, make ready

Related forms

jerk·er, nounjerk·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for jerk (2 of 3)

jerk

2
[ jurk ]
/ dʒɜrk /

verb (used with object)

to preserve (meat, especially beef) by cutting in strips and curing by drying in the sun.

adjective

being or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used especially in Jamaican cooking: jerk sauce.
prepared with jerk flavorings, especially by barbecuing or grilling: jerk chicken.

noun

Origin of jerk

2
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from jerky2

Definition for jerk (3 of 3)

physical jerks


plural noun British.

physical conditioning exercises, as push-ups and knee bends.
Also called jerks.
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British Dictionary definitions for jerk (1 of 3)

jerk

1
/ (dʒɜːk) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

jerker, nounjerking, adjective, noun

Word Origin for jerk

C16: probably variant of yerk to pull stitches tight in making a shoe; compare Old English gearcian to make ready

British Dictionary definitions for jerk (2 of 3)

jerk

2
/ (dʒɜːk) /

verb (tr)

to preserve (venison, beef, etc) by cutting into thin strips and curing by drying in the sun

noun

Also called: jerky jerked meat, esp beef

Word Origin for jerk

C18: back formation from jerky, from charqui

British Dictionary definitions for jerk (3 of 3)

physical jerks


pl n

British informal See jerk 1 (def. 6)
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Medicine definitions for jerk

jerk

[ jûrk ]

v.

To make spasmodic motions.

n.

A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement.deep reflex
jerks Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
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