- a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of jerkin
Examples from the Web for jerkin
This book Peter thrust away within his jerkin to study at his leisure.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
So, throwing it from him, he brushed the crumbs from his jerkin.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Sim had crept up, and, standing behind Ralph, was plucking at his jerkin.The Shadow of a Crime
He was plainly dressed, and wore a jerkin of leather and long boots.The Shame of Motley
But every man wore a shirt of mail under his doublet or jerkin.The Strolling Saint
- a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
- a man's sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
Word Origin and History for jerkin
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-).