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jolt

[ johlt ]
/ dʒoʊlt /
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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.
noun
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Origin of jolt

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

OTHER WORDS FROM jolt

jolter, nounjolt·ing·ly, adverbjoltless, adjectiveun·jolt·ed, adjective
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How to use jolt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for jolt

jolt
/ (dʒəʊlt) /

verb (tr)
to bump against with a jarring blow; jostle
to move in a jolting manner
to surprise or shock
noun
a sudden jar or blow
an emotional shock

Derived forms of jolt

jolter, nounjoltingly, adverbjolty, adjective

Word Origin for jolt

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