[ jur-kin ]
/ ˈdʒɜr kɪn /


a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. jeritza, maria,
  2. jerk,
  3. jerk around,
  4. jerk off,
  5. jerk-off,
  6. jerkinhead,
  7. jerkwater,
  8. jerky,
  9. jerky nystagmus,
  10. jerne

Origin of jerkin

First recorded in 1510–20; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jerkin


/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪn) /


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 for jerkin

C16: of unknown origin

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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-).

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