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Definition of jerk noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 or unpleasant person
  3. 3[uncountable] meat that is marinated (= left in a mixture of oil and spices before being cooked) to give it a strong flavor and then cooked over a wood fire jerk chicken
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