yerk

[ yurk ]
/ yɜrk /
Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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

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Origin of yerk

1400–50; late Middle English < ?
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Example sentences from the Web for yerk

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

  • 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.