verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of jolt
Related Words for joltbump, shock, reversal, punch, setback, knock, disturb, upset, rock, jar, startle, shake, convulse, stun, blow, impact, shot, jerk, jounce, start
Examples from the Web for jolt
Contemporary Examples of jolt
The whole point of writing for free online, as Justin Hall had shown, was that it produced a jolt of joy.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
It was the jolt needed to get through the last stretch of the summer.Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Us From This Awful Musical Summer?
July 30, 2014
So, yeah, it was a very big hiccup—one sufficiently large to jolt the heart from its regular beat.How Obamacare Helped Crash the Economy
June 25, 2014
Some people, they soon realized, needed a second jolt—and there was an awful smell of burnt flesh.The Death Penalty’s Gruesome Truth
February 6, 2014
King was later said to have been within a sneeze or a jolt of extinction.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life
January 20, 2014
Historical Examples of jolt
The "Compact" swung and tilted with the jolt of her energetic movements.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
I had had the jolt that I needed from life—its agony and bloody sweat, its mystery.The Harbor
He, too, reined up with a jolt and leaped out of the saddle.
He sat down with a jolt, and glared fiercely at his friend beside him.
You bandy-legged rat, get up there, or I'll give you a jolt.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
Word Origin for jolt
1590s, perhaps from Middle English jollen, chollen "to knock, to batter" (early 15c.), or an alteration of obsolete jot (v.) "to jostle" (1520s). Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1530s). Figurative sense of "to startle, surprise" is from 1872. Related: Jolted; jolting.
1590s, "a knock," from jolt (v.). Meaning "jarring shock" is from 1630s.