Entry from British & World English dictionary
nounBritish informal, dated
A male member of the RAF of the lowest rank.
- One day you were an erk and the next day you were commissioned.
- Ron Swain has never forgotten the years he spent as a conscript in the UK Armed Forces, his two-year stint as an ‘erk’ in the Royal Air Force in 1952-3 having been particularly eventful.
- I was showing a new erk round the aircraft.
Expressing panic or dismay: Erk! What’s that?
More example sentences
- I won't even mention the one where he plays a single dad erk!
- However, he is an incredibly intelligent (his postgraduate study was in linguistics… erk!) and instantly likeable man who was only too happy to chat with me.
- Well, now I'm 25 mature and sophisticated years old and - erk - growing up.
1920s: of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with erkberk, berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk, irk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, perk, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work
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