Share this entry
British English: /dʒəːk/
American English: /dʒərk/

Translation of jerk in French:


  • 1 (jolt)
    (twitch) (of muscle, limb) tressaillement (m)
    (petit) mouvement (m) brusque
    with a jerk of his hand/head
    avec un brusque mouvement de la main/tête
    to pull the knife/drawer out with a jerk
    tirer le couteau/le tiroir d'un coup sec
    to start off with a jerk
    démarrer avec une secousse
  • 2 (American English) [informal] [pejorative]
    (obnoxious man) salaud (m) [slang]
    (stupid man) crétin (m) [informal]
    abruti (m) [informal]
    before n my jerk cousins
    mes imbéciles de cousins [informal]

transitive verb

  • tirer brusquement (object)
    she jerked her head back
    elle releva brusquement le menton
    he jerked his hand away
    d'un mouvement brusque il a retiré la main
    try not to jerk the camera
    essaie de ne pas faire bouger l'appareil

intransitive verb

  • 1 (jolt) to jerk to a halt
    s'arrêter avec une secousse
    to jerk around/bolt upright
    se retourner/se redresser brusquement

Phrasal verbs

jerk around

[informal] (American English)
1 jerk around (idle about)
fainéanter [informal]
2 jerk [somebody] around (harass)
asticoter [informal] (person)

jerk away

se dégager brusquement
to jerk away from somebody/something
reculer brusquement devant quelqu'un/quelque chose

jerk off

1.1 (masturbate)
se branler [vulgar]
se masturber
jerk off [vulgar]!
fous(-moi) le camp! [slang]
1.2 (American English) (idle about)
se tourner les pouces [informal]

jerk out

jerk out [something] 1.1 (stammer)
bafouiller (reply, excuse, apology)
1.2 (pull out)
sortir brusquement (gun, knife etc)
Definition of jerk in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources