Jerk

Noun

  • (Caribbean) Meat cured by jerking; charqui.

    "Jerk chicken is a local favorite."

  • (US, slang, pejorative) A dull or stupid person.
  • (physics, engineering) The rate of change in acceleration with respect to time.
  • (Caribbean) A rich, spicy Jamaican marinade
  • A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.

    "When I yell "OK," give the mooring line a good jerk!"

  • (US, slang, pejorative) A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable.

    "You really are a jerk sometimes."

  • (weightlifting) A lift in which the weight is taken with a quick motion from shoulder height to a position above the head with arms fully extended and held there for a brief time.
  • A sudden, often uncontrolled movement, especially of the body.
  • (US, slang, pejorative) A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable.

    "I finally fired him, because he was being a real jerk to his customers, even to some of the staff."

  • (obsolete) A soda jerk.

Verb

  • (transitive) To give a quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
  • (usually transitive, weightlifting) To lift using a jerk.
  • (intransitive) To make a sudden uncontrolled movement.
  • (obsolete) To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand.

    "to jerk a stone"

  • (obsolete) To beat, to hit.
  • (obsolete) To flout with contempt.
  • To cure (meat) by cutting it into strips and drying it, originally in the sun.

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