Meaning of jerk

jerk




A jerk is a sharp, sudden movement. When you’re learning to drive a stick shift, it’s hard to avoid the jerk and lurch when you try to change gears. Jerk is also a very unflattering term for an obnoxious person.

Although you will most commonly hear the derogatory jerk as in “Don’t be such a jerk,” there are many other meanings of the word. “”Clean and jerk” is an Olympic weightlifting event where you lift a barbell in one “clean” movement, then, in one quick thrust — the jerk — you lift the weight above your head. Jerk can also mean making a sharp, sudden move — like a dog jerks on his chain. You may have eaten jerk, also called jerky — strips of dried meat — handy for lunchboxes and camping.

Definitions of jerk
  1. noun

    a sudden abrupt pull

    synonyms:

    tug

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    type of:

    pull, pulling

    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

  2. noun

    an abrupt spasmodic movement

    synonyms:

    jerking, jolt, saccade

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    type of:

    motility, motion, move, movement

    a change of position that does not entail a change of location

  3. noun

    raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

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    type of:

    weightlift, weightlifting

    bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights

  4. noun

    (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

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    type of:

    rate

    a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

  5. verb

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

    synonyms:

    twitch

    twitch

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  6. verb

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

    synonyms:

    twitch

    twitch

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
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    types:

    fibrillate

    make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements
    type of:

    move involuntarily, move reflexively

    move in an uncontrolled manner

  7. verb

    pull, or move with a sudden movement

    “He turned the handle and
    jerked the door open”
    synonyms:

    yank

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    type of:

    draw, force, pull

    cause to move by pulling

  8. verb

    jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

    synonyms:

    buck, hitch

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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  9. verb

    throw or toss with a quick motion

    jerk his head”
    synonyms:

    flick

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    type of:

    force, push

    move with force, “He pushed the table into a corner”

  10. noun

    a dull stupid fatuous person

    synonyms:

    dork

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    types:

    schmo, shmo

    (Yiddish) a jerk
    type of:

    misfit

    someone unable to adapt to their circumstances

  11. noun

    meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

    synonyms:

    jerked meat, jerky

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    types:

    beef jerky

    strips of dried beef
    biltong

    meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun
    type of:

    meat

    the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

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