[ yurk ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to strike or whip.
  2. to stir up; arouse; excite.
  3. to jerk.
  4. to move (a part of one's body) with a jerk.
  5. to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.

verb (used without object)

  1. to kick.
  2. to rise suddenly.
  3. to enter into something eagerly.


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of yerk1

1400–50; late Middle English < ?

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Example Sentences

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.

Crack on, Mr Yerk, and let us overhaul this small swaggerer.

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

Ship aboard of us for Noo Yerk, and if that dont make a man of yoo, call me small pumpkins arterwards.

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