Jerk (noun)

  1. A sudden movement or gesture, often made in response to a sudden impulse or to avoid something.
  2. An unpleasant or contemptible person.


Mid 17th century: of west african origin; compare with kikuyu cɛrkɛ.


  1. The car made a sharp jerk as the driver hit the brakes.
  2. He made a sudden jerk to the left to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
  3. She was tired of dealing with her boss's jerky behavior.
  4. He's just a jerky kid who doesn't know how to treat others.
  5. Her friends warned her that he was a notorious jerk and not to be trusted.
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