[yurk]Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


a kick or jerk.
a thud or blow, as from a stick.

Origin of yerk

1400–50; late Middle English < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yerk

Historical Examples of yerk

  • But an I get the first yerk of a chield, I'm no unco feared for his return.

  • But Whiffle never could acquit Yerk of having been, directly or indirectly, the cause of his suffering from the impure shower.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

  • George bit his lip, scratched his head with the awl, and gave the lingles such a yerk, that he made them both crack in two.