jerk jerk  /ˈdʒɜrk/


  1. (n) a dull stupid fatuous person
  2. (n) an abrupt spasmodic movement
  3. (n) (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration
  4. (n) meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
  5. (n) raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
  6. (n) a sudden abrupt pull
  7. (v) pull, or move with a sudden movement
  8. (v) move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
  9. (v) make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
  10. (v) jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
  11. (v) throw or toss with a quick motion

Derived Word(s)


  1. And let's just say they used a less printable word than jerk.
  2. But beware, he warns: One jerk's nastiness can pollute the water cooler.
  3. Stephen Colbert is sitting in his office, cutting up a take-out salad and telling me what a total jerk Stephen Colbert is.


  1. Grammy Award Winning Artist, Beenie Man to Headline the 2013 International Reggae Jerk Festival

    Annual All-Day Jerk Festival celebrates the music, food, and culture of the Caribbean for the entire family to enjoy, featuring Grammy Award Winning reggae artist, Beenie Man! (PRWeb June 15, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 15, 2013     Source: PRWeb

  2. Husband's infidelity goes beyond bedroom

    Jerk financially cripples family for sake of affair by Dan Savage I always told myself that I would forgive my husband if he cheated on me. Well, he had an affair for eight months. He also blew through our savings and racked up considerable credit-card debt.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Creative Loafing Charlotte

  3. Fiery jerk lamb fajitas courtesy of Jamaica

    Those who want to add a taste or two of Jamaica to their dinner tables should consider the following recipe for lamb fajitas from Helen Willinsky s "Jerk from Jamaica" (Ten Speed Press).
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Milpitas Post


  1. "This woman's a jerk. I hate her," Seinfeld said during an interview with WFAN radio. "I can't believe they put her in my box, which I paid for."
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Jerry Seinfeld Source: SodaHead News

  2. Sheepshanks, the former Ipswich chairman, told BBC Radio Suffolk: "Knee-jerk reactions never work. There are some very, very able and wise people around the FA board table and I have absolute confidence that they will come up with the right...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: David Sheepshanks Source: The Press Association

  3. "There's no question in my mind it was premeditated," said Karl, whose team now faces an even tougher time making the playoffs. "He made a bad situation worse. He's a jerk for what he's trying to do."
    on Dec 16, 2006 By: George Karl Source: USA Today

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