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yerk Line breaks: yerk

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also yarkjɑːk)

Definition of yerk in English:


[with object] Scottish & Northern English
1Strike sharply, especially with a stick or whip; thrash or flog.
Example sentences
  • More soundly could my scourge have yerked many.
  • We should yerk the yokel of a Yankee with the knout.
  • I'll yerk the sullen Devil out of you.
2Pull or push with a sudden movement.
Example sentences
  • Thou hast fair yarked me off my legs.
  • The rotten, rain-soaked khaki tears easily when two men are yerking at your collar.
  • They yerked to and fro, snorting with rage and terror.


Late Middle English: imitative of a sudden movement.

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