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English definition of “jerk”

jerk

noun [C] (PERSON)    /dʒɜːk/ US  /dʒɝːk/ (US also jerk-off) slang
a stupid person, usually a man: You stupid jerk! You've just spilled beer all down my new shirt!Stupid and silly people
(Definition of jerk noun (PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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