Definitions for: Jerk


[n] an abrupt spasmodic movement
[n] a sudden abrupt pull
[n] a dull stupid fatuous person
[n] (mechanics) the rate of change of velocity
[v] make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
[v] throw or toss with a quick motion; "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"
[v] pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."
[v] jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched, as of horses
[v] move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jerk, v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]
To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as,
jerk beef. See Charqui.


Jerk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jerked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Jerking.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a measure.]
1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio.

2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull,
or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to
jerk a coat off.

3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the
hand; as, to jerk a stone.


Jerk, v. i.
1. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by
starts. --Milton.

2. To flout with contempt.


Jerk, n.
1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake,
or similar motion.

His jade gave him a jerk. --B. Jonson.

2. A sudden start or spring.

Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs.
--Grew.

Synonyms: buck, dork, flick, flip, hitch, jerking, jolt, rate of acceleration, tug, twitch, twitch, yank

See Also: draw, fibrillate, force, misfit, motility, motion, move, move, move involuntarily, move reflexively, movement, pull, pull, pulling, push, rate

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Famous Quotes Containing Jerk:


You make a lot of films, do you? You make a lot of films yourself? Yeah, I'd like to see you make a film first before you get to talk about it. What a jerk.

-- George Clooney ( Actor)

I don't mind if somebody comes up to me and shakes my hand, but if I'm in the middle of a restaurant and somebody asks me for a picture, I can be a jerk and say no, or I can say yes and draw more attention to myself, which is exactly the opposite of what I want.

-- Macaulay Culkin (American Actor)

What's the difference between tough love and acting like a jerk?

-- Ricki Lake (American Entertainer)

I felt there's a wealth in Jewish tradition, a great inheritance. I'd be a jerk not to take advantage of it.

-- Herman Wouk (American Novelist)

I'm just starting to scratch the surface of what really makes me happy and it's taken me a while to admit that acting like a little child and being a jerk and a punk is fun.

-- Leonardo DiCaprio ( Actor)

If a guy is over 25 percent jerk, he's in trouble. And Henry was 95 percent.

-- Lee Iacocca (American Businessman)

I'm human and I've played my butt off for ten years. I'm not a loafer, I'm not a jerk, I'm a baseball player.

-- Reggie Jackson (American Athlete)

For every 10 good things, there's always some jerk that wants to say something bad.

-- Devon Sawa (Canadian Actor)

Music is for people. The word 'pop' is simply short for popular. It means that people like it. I'm just a normal jerk who happens to make music. As long as my brain and fingers work, I'm cool.

-- Eddie Van Halen (Dutch Musician)

If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.

-- Gary Ackerman (American Politician)

I interviewed Johnny Knoxville once. I was kind of scared to interview him because I thought he might be a real jerk, but he was really nice, and I ripped his chest hair out.

-- Rachel Perry (Canadian Celebrity)

If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn't be so adored in the slightest.

-- Christian Bale (Welsh Actor)

I want to be a jerk like the rest of my friends, and have fun, and not care about the consequences, but I just can't now.

-- Leonardo DiCaprio ( Actor)

Sometimes you are being interviewed by someone and you think, if I knew this person they'd be my best friend. Other times you're being interviewed by a complete jerk.

-- Judith Guest (American Novelist)

Hemingway was a jerk.

-- Harold Robbins (American Author)

You can ask anybody in the room. My numbers are the worst in here but I'm still a jerk to everybody, yelling at everybody, getting them going. Once I get it back, then I'll be even worse to the guys.

-- Billy Koch (American Athlete)

Johnny Rotten. He's a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he'd stand up and holler. He's funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don't think he's a jerk because he isn't.

-- Don Van Vliet (American Artist)

Most of my stuff before CSI was kind of the jerk boyfriend, so I thought this was one of those deals, where these two have a thing going on, so we had a scene where they make out.

-- George Eads (American Actor)


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