jerkin

[jur-kin]

Origin of jerkin

First recorded in 1510–20; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for jerkin

jerkin

noun
  1. a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
  2. a man's sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries

Word Origin for jerkin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jerkin
n.

1510s, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Dutch jurk "a frock," but this is a modern word, itself of unknown origin, and the initial consonant presents difficulties (Dutch -j- typically becomes English -y-).

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