jerk - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “jerk”

See all translations

jerk

verb [always + adv/prep]  us   /dʒɜrk/

jerk verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to make a short, sudden movement, or to cause someone or something to move in this way: [T] She jerked the phone out of his hands. [I] The bus jerked to a halt.
Phrasal verbs

jerk

noun [C]  us   /dʒɜrk/

jerk noun [C] (PERSON)

slang a foolish, annoying person: What a jerk – he parked in my spot!
(Definition of jerk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of jerk?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “jerk” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

a game in hand

if a sports team has a game in hand over other teams in a competition, it still has another game to play in which it can gain points

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More