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



    BrE BrE//dʒɜːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɜːrk//
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  1. 1[countable] a sudden quick sharp movement synonym jolt She sat up with a jerk. He gave a jerk of his head, indicating that we should follow him.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a stupid person who often says or does the wrong thing See related entries: Stupid
  3. 3[uncountable] meat that is marinated (= left in a mixture of oil and spices before being cooked) to give it a strong flavour and then cooked over a wood fire jerk chicken
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a stroke with a whip): probably imitative.Extra examples She answered with a jerk of her head. He silently swore at himself for being such a jerk. He was acting like a complete jerk. What kind of a jerk pays that money?
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