There are 2 definitions of jerk in English:

jerk1

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Pronunciation: /dʒəːk
 
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noun

1A quick, sharp, sudden movement: he gave a sudden jerk of his head
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  • With a sudden jerk of his head, the silent constable directed her roughly inside.
  • She was about to open her mouth to scream when she felt a sudden jerk.
  • The kids felt a sudden sideways jerk as a whining noise began to permeate the room.
Synonyms
jolt, lurch, bump, start, jar, jog, bang, bounce, shake, shock
rare jounce
1.1A spasmodic muscular twitch.
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  • When the myoclonic jerks are unilateral, a more serious condition is often suspected.
  • This attitude by Christians will accompany experiences that are ‘all spasmodic, full of jerks and starts.’
  • With a lot of prodding and poking and pushing and cajoling, it set off with a spasmodic jerk.
1.2 Weightlifting The raising of a barbell above the head from shoulder level by an abrupt straightening of the arms and legs, typically as the second part of a clean and jerk.
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  • Begin your sessions with exercises like deadlifts, squats, clean and jerks, and bench presses.
  • The lying French press is critical in the iron sports, including the jerk in weightlifting and the bench press in power-lifting.
  • I would have 860 lb weights on my shoulders and would do one-arm jerks with 120 lb weights.
2 informal A contemptibly foolish person.
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  • Although I think it's foolish and her boyfriend is a jerk for suggesting it, I am more concerned about the value and safety of this thing.
  • We're all looking like incompetent jerks right now.
  • I'm willing to say that yes, I am a moron, and a jerk, and I will pay all costs for your heel and dress to be cleaned and fixed.

verb

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1 [with adverbial of direction] Move or cause to move with a jerk: [no object]: the van jerked forward [with object]: she jerked her chin up figurative the thud jerked her back to reality
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  • Cold leathery fingers suddenly grabbed Niall by the chin and jerked his head forward as the other High Sablebloods moved in for the kill.
  • Fleur remembered the crease under her chin and unconsciously jerked her neck backwards.
  • I jerked up my chin to see my uncles had already cast down their shovels.
Synonyms
jolt, lurch, bump, jog, bang, rattle, bounce, shake
rare jounce
1.1 [with object] Weightlifting Raise (a weight) from shoulder level to above the head.
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  • Never jerk the weight up; control it throughout the movement.
  • Make sure not to swing or jerk the weight, as this is a sure-fire way to pull something.
  • If you have to jerk the weight, it is probably too heavy, which can lead to strain and injury.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a stroke with a whip): probably imitative.

Phrasal verbs

jerk someone around

North American informal Deal with someone dishonestly or unfairly.
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  • As long as your friends are true to you, I'd speculate that your boyfriend is jerking you around.
  • They take advantage of having a tiny bit of power over other people because they totally get off on jerking them around.
  • If they jerk you around, get over it - you can always move!

jerk off

vulgar slang , chiefly North American Masturbate.

Derivatives

jerker

noun
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  • To me, and I am not one of those free market knee jerkers who like Bobby McFerrin sing, don't worry, be happy.
  • The woman was wearing a men's jerker with a black vest and loose, tan trousers.

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There are 2 definitions of jerk in English:

jerk2

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Pronunciation: /dʒəːk
 
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verb

[with object]
1Cure (meat) by cutting it into strips and drying it (originally in the sun).
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  • But the book is not just about jerking every possible kind of poultry or meat.
2 (usually as adjective jerked) Prepare (pork or chicken) by marinating it in spices and barbecuing it over a wood fire: they either jerk the meat or dry it above a smoky fire

noun

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Jerked meat: jerk chicken
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  • The basement area will be opened with live music, and the samba and the liming will make this joint hotter than jerk chicken.
  • As you might expect, jerk chicken, fish and fresh fruit are staples on this menu.
  • I like all the curries and this jerk chicken with the rice and a great selection of vegetables.

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin American Spanish charquear, from charqui, from Quechua echarqui 'dried flesh'.

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