To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, to jerk beef. See Charqui.
- To give a sudden quick thrust, push, pull, or twist to.
- To throw or toss with a quick abrupt motion.
- To utter abruptly or sharply: jerked out the answer.
- To make and serve (ice-cream sodas, for example) at a soda fountain.
- Sports To press (a weight) overhead from shoulder height in a quick motion.
- To move in sudden abrupt motions; jolt: The train jerked forward.
- To make spasmodic motions: My legs jerked from fatigue.
- A sudden abrupt motion, such as a yank or twist.
- A jolting or lurching motion.
- Physiology A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement.
- Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
- Slang A foolish, rude, or contemptible person.
- Sports A lift in which the weight is heaved overhead from shoulder height with a quick motion.
- jerk off Vulgar Slang To masturbate.
- jerk around To take unfair advantage of, deceive, or manipulate.
- To cut (meat) into long strips and dry in the sun or cure by exposing to smoke.
- Being or relating to a method of barbecuing meat that has been seasoned and wrapped in leaves of the allspice tree: jerk chicken; jerk pork.