Jerk

Definition of Jerk

Pronunciation: jẽrkt
v. t.1.To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, to jerk beef. See Charqui.
1.
[imp. & p. p. Jerked (jẽrkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Jerking.]
1.To beat; to strike.
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.
v. i.1.To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts.
2.To flout with contempt.
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.
2.Calisthenic exercises, such as push-ups or deep knee bends; also called physical jerks.
3.A foolish, stupid, or otherwise contemptible person.
4.(Sport) The lifting of a weight, in a single rapid motion, from shoulder height until the arms are outstretched above the head; distinguished from press in that the motion in a jerk is more rapid, and the body may be moved under the weight to assist completion of the movement; as, a clean and jerk of two hundred pounds.

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