I. noun Etymology: probably alteration of yerk Date: 1575 1. a single quick motion of short duration 2. a. jolting, bouncing, or thrusting motions b. a tendency to produce spasmodic motions 3. a. an involuntary spasmodic muscular movement due to reflex action b. plural involuntary twitchings due to nervous excitement 4. a. an annoyingly stupid or foolish person b. an unlikable person; especially one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded 5. the pushing of a weight from shoulder height to a position overhead in weight lifting II. verb Date: 1589 transitive verb 1. to give a quick suddenly arrested push, pull, or twist to 2. to propel or move with or as if with a quick suddenly arrested motion 3. to mix and serve (as sodas) behind a soda fountain intransitive verb 1. to make a sudden spasmodic motion 2. to move in short abrupt motions or with frequent jolts • jerker noun III. transitive verb Etymology: back-formation from 1jerky Date: 1707 to preserve (meat) in long sun-dried slices

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  • jerk — [ (d)ʒɛrk ] n. m. • 1965; mot angl. « secousse » ♦ Anglic. Danse moderne qui consiste à imprimer des secousses rythmées à tout le corps (tête et bras compris), comme si l on entrait en transes. V. intr. <conjug. : 1> JERKER [ (d)ʒɛrke ]. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Jerk — Jerk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jerked} (j[ e]rkt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Jerking}.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a measure.] [1913 Webster] 1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] Florio. [1913 Webster] 2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jerk — Jerk, n. [1913 Webster] 1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion. [1913 Webster] His jade gave him a jerk. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden start or spring. [1913 Webster] Lobsters . . . swim backwards by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jerk — jerk·er; jerk·i·ly; jerk·i·ness; jerk·ing·ly; jerk; …   English syllables

  • jerk — jerk1 [jʉrk] vt. [var. of archaic yerk < ?] 1. to pull, twist, push, thrust, or throw with a sudden, sharp movement ☆ 2. [Old Informal] to make and serve (ice cream sodas) vi. 1. to move with a jerk or in jerks 2. to twitch n …   English World dictionary

  • jerk — ► NOUN 1) a quick, sharp, sudden movement. 2) Weightlifting the raising of a barbell above the head from shoulder level by an abrupt straightening of the arms and legs. 3) informal, chiefly N. Amer. a contemptibly foolish person. ► VERB 1) move… …   English terms dictionary

  • Jerk — (j[ e]rk), v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.] To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, to jerk beef. See {Charqui}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jerk — bezeichnet einen kinematischen Begriff, siehe Ruck eine Fleischzubereitung, siehe Beef Jerky Würzmischungen der kreolischen Küche, siehe Jerk Würzmischung einen Rap Tanz aus Los Angeles, siehe Jerk (Raptanz) plötzliche Änderung in der säkularen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jerk — puede referirse a: Jerk, variación de la aceleración de un móvil con respecto del tiempo. Jerk, es un movimiento de baile originario de Los Ángeles. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título. Si llegaste… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jerk — 〈[dʒœ:k] m. 6〉 1. 〈Sp.; Golf〉 Schlag, bei dem der Schwung im Moment der Ballberührung abgebremst wird 2. 〈allg.; umg.〉 Idiot [engl.] * * * Jerk [dʒə:k], der; [s], s [engl. jerk, eigtl. = plötzlicher Schlag, Stoß] (Golf): scharf vollführter Schlag …   Universal-Lexikon

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