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JERK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does jerk mean? 

JERK (noun)
  The noun JERK has 6 senses:

1. a dull stupid fatuous person
2. an abrupt spasmodic movement
3. (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration
4. meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
5. raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
6. a sudden abrupt pull

  Familiarity information: JERK used as a noun is common.


JERK (verb)
  The verb JERK has 5 senses:

1. pull, or move with a sudden movement
2. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
3. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
4. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
5. throw or toss with a quick motion

  Familiarity information: JERK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


JERK (noun)


Sense 1jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dull stupid fatuous person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dork; jerk

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

misfit (someone unable to adapt to their circumstances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jerk"):

schmo; schmuck; shmo; shmuck ((Yiddish) a jerk)


Sense 2jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abrupt spasmodic movement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

jerking; jerk; jolt; saccade

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)


Sense 3jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

rate (a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit)

Domain category:

mechanics (the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference)


Sense 4jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

jerked meat; jerky; jerk

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

meat (the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jerk"):

beef jerky (strips of dried beef)

biltong (meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun)


Sense 5jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

weightlift; weightlifting (bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights)

Holonyms ("jerk" is a part of...):

clean; clean and jerk (a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead)


Sense 6jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden abrupt pull

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

tug; jerk

Hypernyms ("jerk" is a kind of...):

pull; pulling (the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you)


JERK (verb)


Sense 1jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pull, or move with a sudden movement

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

yank; jerk

Context example:

He turned the handle and jerked the door open

Hypernyms (to "jerk" is one way to...):

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

jerk; twitch

Context example:

The patient's legs were jerkings

Hypernyms (to "jerk" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

twitch; jerk

Context example:

his face is twitching

Hypernyms (to "jerk" is one way to...):

move involuntarily; move reflexively (move in an uncontrolled manner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "jerk"):

fibrillate (make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Sense 4jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

hitch; buck; jerk

Context example:

the yung filly bucked

Hypernyms (to "jerk" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 5jerk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Throw or toss with a quick motion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

flick; jerk

Context examples:

flick a piece of paper across the table / jerk his head

Hypernyms (to "jerk" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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