To jolt someone is to disturb them or make them jump. A jolt is sudden and jarring.

Jolting disturbs or surprises people. If you surprise someone and they jump up a little, you jolted them. Alarm clocks jolt people out of sleep. A sudden crack of thunder could provide a jolt. The unexpected barking of a dog could jolt you. Jolting is quick and not very pleasant. A jolt jars and stuns you. Some jolts are more serious: crashing your car jolts the people in the car violently.

Definitions of jolt

v move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion

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

v disturb (someone's) composure

“The audience was jolted by the play”
Type of:
disturb, trouble, upset
move deeply

n a sudden jarring impact

“the door closed with a jolt
jar, jounce, shock
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

n an abrupt spasmodic movement

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

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