Definition of jerkin head in English:

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jerkin head


The end of a roof that is hipped for only part of its height, leaving a truncated gable.
Example sentences
  • To the north of the main gable, there extends a roof ridge terminating in a jerkin-head side gable.
  • New structures should have jerkin heads, the roof gradient should be 33%, and the roofs should be tiled.
  • The double-tract building with a vestibule on the axis had a pitched roof with jerkin heads and was covered with shingle.


Mid 19th century: perhaps from an alteration of jerking (from the verb jerk1) + head; compare also with earlier kirkin-head (apparently arbitrarily formed from kirk) in the same sense.

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Syllabification: jer·kin head

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