- to jar, shake, or cause to move by or as if by a sudden rough thrust; shake up roughly: The bus jolted its passengers as it went down the rocky road.
- to knock sharply so as to dislodge: He jolted the nail free with a stone.
- to stun with a blow, especially in boxing.
- to shock emotionally or psychologically: His sudden death jolted us all.
- to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly: to jolt a person into awareness.
- to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner: to jolt someone's memory.
- to interfere with or intrude upon, especially in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
- to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.
- a jolting shock, movement, or blow: The automobile gave a sudden jolt.
- an emotional or psychological shock: The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt.
- something that causes such a shock: The news was a jolt to me.
- a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat: Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition.
- Slang. a prison sentence.
- Slang. an injection of a narcotic.
- a bracing dose of something: a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.
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
- 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
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.