verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.


Nearby words

  1. jolly jumper,
  2. jolly roger,
  3. jolo,
  4. jolson,
  5. jolson, al,
  6. jolty,
  7. jomo,
  8. jomon,
  9. jon,
  10. jon.

Origin of jolt

1590–1600; blend of jot to jolt and joll to bump, both now dial.

Related formsjolt·er, nounjolt·ing·ly, adverbjolt·less, adjectiveun·jolt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jolt


verb (tr)

to bump against with a jarring blow; jostle
to move in a jolting manner
to surprise or shock


a sudden jar or blow
an emotional shock
Derived Formsjolter, nounjoltingly, adverbjolty, adjective

Word Origin for jolt

C16: probably blend of dialect jot to jerk and dialect joll to bump

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Word Origin and History for jolt
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