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Etymology 1

Possibly from Middle English yerk (sudden motion)

Noun

Singular
jerk

Plural
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jerk ({{{1}}})
  1. A sudden, often uncontrolled movement, especially of the body.
  2. A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
    When I yell "OK," give the mooring line a good jerk!
  3. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered or disagreeable, and often not very intelligent.
    I finally fired him, because he was being a real jerk to his customers, even to some of the staff.
    You really are a jerk sometimes.
  4. (physics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The rate of change in acceleration with respect to time.
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Verb

Infinitive
to jerk

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to jerk (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To make a sudden uncontrolled movement.
  2. (transitive) To give a quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
  3. (UK, slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) To masturbate.
  4. (obsolete) To beat, to hit.
  5. (obsolete) To throw.
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Etymology 2

From American Spanish charquear, from charqui, from Quechuan echarqui (strips of dried flesh).

Noun

Singular
jerk

Plural
-

jerk (-)
  1. (Caribbean) A rich, spicy Jamaican marinade
  2. (Caribbean) Meat cured by jerking; charqui.
    Jerk chicken is a local favorite.
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Verb

Infinitive
to jerk

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to jerk (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To cure (meat) by cutting it into strips and drying it, originally in the sun.

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