(noun, verb)


1. a dull stupid fatuous person

Similar word(s): dork

Definition categories: person, misfit

2. an abrupt spasmodic movement

Similar word(s): jerking, jolt, saccade

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

3. (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

Definition categories: time, rate

4. meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

Similar word(s): jerky

Definition categories: food, meat

5. raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

Definition categories: act, weightlift, weightlifting

6. a sudden abrupt pull

Similar word(s): tug

Definition categories: act, pull, pulling

Sentences with jerk as a noun:

- When I yell "OK," give the mooring line a good jerk!

- I finally fired him, because he was being a real jerk to his customers, even to some of the staff.

- You really are a jerk sometimes.

- Jerk chicken is a local favorite.


1. pull, or move with a sudden movement

- He turned the handle and jerked the door open

Similar word(s): yank

Definition categories: contact, draw, pull

2. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

- The patient's legs were jerkings

Similar word(s): twitch

Definition categories: motion, move

3. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

Similar word(s): twitch

Definition categories: body

4. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

Similar word(s): buck, hitch

Definition categories: motion, move

5. throw or toss with a quick motion

- jerk his head

Similar word(s): flick

Definition categories: contact, force, push

Sentences with jerk as a verb:

- to jerk a stone