verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of jolt
Examples from the Web for jolt
The whole point of writing for free online, as Justin Hall had shown, was that it produced a jolt of joy.
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?|Kevin Fallon|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, yeah, it was a very big hiccup—one sufficiently large to jolt the heart from its regular beat.
Some people, they soon realized, needed a second jolt—and there was an awful smell of burnt flesh.
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|Michael Daly|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The road was almost impassable, and every jolt caused him agony.Captain Jinks, Hero|Ernest Crosby
About this time a brick came through the window with a splintering crash, and gave me a considerable of a jolt in the back.Sketches New and Old, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I've been in it before—and when you see a man get a jolt of that stuff just once, you never forget it.Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith
God knows I suppose the woman is always finer clay than the man—yet it comes with a jolt, just the same.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
With a jolt Conrad sets the crucifix down and leans it against one of the large trees.The Saxons|Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
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.