jerk-off

[ jurk-awf, -of ]
/ ˈdʒɜrkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Slang: Vulgar.

a stupid, bumbling, foolish, or lazy person; jerk.
an act of masturbating.

Origin of jerk-off

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase jerk off

Definition for jerk off (2 of 2)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for jerk off (1 of 3)

jerk off

US jack off

verb

(adverb often reflexive) slang (of a male) to masturbate

usage

This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

British Dictionary definitions for jerk off (2 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 off (3 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
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Medicine definitions for jerk off

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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Idioms and Phrases with jerk off

jerk off

Also, jack off. Masturbate, as in His roommate was always jerking off. [Vulgar slang; first half of 1900s]


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