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English noun: jerk

1. jerk (person) a dull stupid fatuous person


Broader (hypernym)misfit

Narrower (hyponym)schmo, schmuck, shmo, shmuck

2. jerk (act) an abrupt spasmodic movement

Synonymsjerking, jolt, saccade

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

3. jerk (time) (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

Broader (hypernym)rate

Domain categorymechanics

4. jerk (food) meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

Synonymsjerked meat, jerky

Broader (hypernym)meat

Narrower (hyponym)beef jerky, biltong

5. jerk (act) raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

Broader (hypernym)weightlift, weightlifting

Part meronymclean, clean and jerk

6. jerk (act) a sudden abrupt pull


Broader (hypernym)pull, pulling

English verb: jerk

1. jerk (contact) pull, or move with a sudden movement

SamplesHe turned the handle and jerked the door open.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

2. jerk (motion) move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

SamplesThe patient's legs were jerkings.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Verb groupjerk, twitch

3. jerk (body) make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

SamplesHis face is twitching.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)move involuntarily, move reflexively

Narrower (hyponym)fibrillate

Verb groupjerk, twitch

4. jerk (motion) jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

SamplesThe yung filly bucked.

Synonymsbuck, hitch

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

5. jerk (contact) throw or toss with a quick motion

SamplesFlick a piece of paper across the table.
Jerk his head.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)force, push

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