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American English: /dʒərk/
British English: /dʒəːk/

Translation of jerk in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • the train jerked to a stop
    el tren se detuvo con una sacudida
    he started to jerk about on the dance floor
    empezó a sacudirse en la pista
    she jerked awake
    se despertó sobresaltada
    the rope jerked taut
    la cuerda se tensó de un tirón
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • he jerked the purse out of her hand
    le arrebató el monedero de la mano
    le quitó el monedero de la mano de un tirón
    the impact jerked him forward
    el impacto lo propulsó hacia adelante
    she jerked open the door
    abrió la puerta bruscamente


  • 1 1.1 (tug) 1.2 (sudden movement) she awoke with a jerk
    se despertó sobresaltada
    with a jerk of the head
    sacudiendo la cabeza
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (contemptible person) [colloquial]
    estúpido, (-da) (masculine, feminine)
    memo, (-ma) (masculine, feminine) [colloquial]
    pendejo, (-ja) (masculine, feminine) (Latin America except Southern Cone) [colloquial]
    huevón, (-vona) (masculine, feminine) (Andes) (Venezuela) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

jerk around

verb + object + adverb (American English)

jerk off

[vulgar] verb + adverb, verb + object + adverbto jerk off o to jerk oneself off
hacerse la or una paja [vulgar]
correrse la or una paja (Chile) (Peru) [vulgar]
hacerse la manuela (Venezuela) [vulgar]

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