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.

Primary Meanings of jerk

1.
nv
a sudden abrupt pull
move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
2.
n
a dull stupid fatuous person
3.
n
meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
Full Definitions of jerk
1

n a sudden abrupt pull

Synonyms:
tug
Type of:
pull, pulling
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

n an abrupt spasmodic movement

Synonyms:
jerking, jolt, saccade
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

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

Type of:
weightlift, weightlifting
bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights

n (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

Type of:
rate
a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

v move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

Synonyms:
twitch
twitch
make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

Synonyms:
twitch
twitch
move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
Types:
fibrillate
make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements
Type of:
move involuntarily, move reflexively
move in an uncontrolled manner

v pull, or move with a sudden movement

“He turned the handle and jerked the door open”
Synonyms:
yank
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

Synonyms:
buck, hitch
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v throw or toss with a quick motion

jerk his head”
Synonyms:
flick
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
2

n a dull stupid fatuous person

Synonyms:
dork
Types:
schmo, shmo
(Yiddish) a jerk
Type of:
misfit
someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
3

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

Synonyms:
jerked meat, jerky
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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