Definition of jerk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

jerk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dʒɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jerk
BrE BrE//dʒɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrk//
 
he / she / it jerks
BrE BrE//dʒɜːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrks//
 
past simple jerked
BrE BrE//dʒɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrkt//
 
past participle jerked
BrE BrE//dʒɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrkt//
 
-ing form jerking
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrkɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] to move or to make something move with a sudden short sharp movement jerk something (+ adv./prep.) He jerked the phone away from her. She jerked her head up. + adv./prep. The bus jerked to a halt. He grabbed a handful of hair and jerked at it. jerk something + adj. She got to the door and jerked it open. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a stroke with a whip): probably imitative.Extra examples He jerked the door open. His head jerked up. She jerked her hand back instinctively. She suddenly jerked her hand away. The bus jerked to a stop. The train stopped and she jerked awake. She grabbed his hand and jerked him back from the kerb. Phrasal Verbsˌjerk somebody aˈroundˌjerk ˈoffˌjerk ˈout
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