Definition of yerk in English:

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Pronunciation: /jəːk/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also yark /jɑːk/)


[with object] Scottish & Northern English
1Strike sharply, especially with a stick or whip; thrash or flog.
Example sentences
  • Nine, or ten times I had thought to have yerked him here under the ribs
  • I'll yerk the sullen Devil out of you.
  • We should yerk the yokel of a Yankee with the knout.
2Pull or push with a sudden movement.
Example sentences
  • He seized the parson by the chin and ears and yerked him upwards several times.
  • He saw him knocking and yarking the horse about and swearing at it.
  • They yerked to and fro, snorting with rage and terror.


Late Middle English: imitative of a sudden movement.

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