Jerk is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand jerk (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use jerk in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of jerk, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of jerk, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
EXAMPLES - Jerk in a Sentence
- Apparently, being a jerk is as addictive as heroin. (source)
- But Aro should be someone that has a "jerk" side hahahaha (source)
- The situation might be tougher when the jerk is your boss. (source)
- Have you ever wondered what the origin of the word jerk is? (source)
- And using the word jerk is generous, compared to my real thoughts (source)
- A jerk is a know-it-all who doesn't know what he is talking about. (source)
- "It's some sort of Mundane device called a jerk box," he explained. (source)
- The jerk is a voice of derision and operates by tearing down others. (source)
- A jerk is a know-it-all who doesn't know what they are talking about. (source)
- Being a jerk is his bad side, but everyone has a bad side, even Edward. (source)
- Yes, I know being a jerk is his thing, but he's gone the extra mile lately. (source)
- Being a jerk is almost a pre-requisite to being one of my all-time favorites. (source)
- Nothing, except the jerk was a paid lobbyist, and really shouldn't have been there. (source)
- Celebrity Beat: Jerry Seinfeld calls Lady Gaga a "jerk" for behavior at Mets game ... (source)
- The kind of jerk that would look you straight in the eyes, and tell you that you sucked. (source)
- I put this theory to the test with an entitled jerk I encountered in Buffalo, NY this summer. (source)
- Neither dish gets raves, and frankly even the idea of jerk rubbed halibut makes me throw up a little. (source)
- The jerk is the portion that goes from shoulders to overhead, the clean is from the floor to shoulders. (source)
- The jerk was being a pest, and tried to force himself on her physically despite her objections towards him. (source)
- It's time to call a jerk a jerk in public and let future jerks know that presidents should be given respect. (source)
- Note to editor: If I can't say the word 'jackass' substitute the word 'jerk', but I really do mean 'jackass'. (source)
- "You will feel a change in the rate of deceleration, which in engineering terms we call a jerk," Stuyver said. (source)
- Sherwood hit Fenty with some of the harsh descriptions that had been leveled against him: "jerk" and "bonehead." (source)
- And as Dean put it later, "I've been called a jerk and an idiot by politicians before, but never on first meeting." (source)
- No matter how righteous or just the cause, being a shrill, accusatory jerk is STILL being a shrill, accusatory jerk. (source)
- Having secured the gold medal, Triyatno attempted to lift 185kg in the clean and jerk, which is his personal best, but to no avail. (source)
- I can think of one certain "jerk" in Ajijic that continues to complain about how little he receives for the minimal taxes that he pays. (source)
- And Simon has become less of a jerk, which is a good thing overall, except the change makes some of his actions rather out of character. (source)
- As for all you people that keep whining to leave him alone, this self entitled jerk was trying to drive in an "altered state" of some kind. (source)
- So Daly tweeted that the guy is a "jerk" and he gave out the writer's personal phone number, asking his fans to call and tell him how they feel. (source)
- Daniel Jalkut once wrote, 'Every developer faces the decision: "Do I want to be known as the jerk who won't implement sync, or the jerk who can't."' (source)
- I repeat: no matter how just or righteous the banner under which you march, being a shrill, accusatory jerk is STILL being a shrill, accusatory jerk. (source)
- Matt responded that perhaps being a jerk is a fitness indicator: those who take-risks and and are bad despite the costs do so because they can afford to. (source)
- I predict that this anachronistic organization of goobers seeking a circle jerk is in its death throes as exhibited by petty on-line bickering on Chapala. (source)
- He's incredibly talented and not a jerk, which is why I'm happy to say you should follow him on Twitter like I do so you know when he's having shows and such. (source)
- If the punishment for being a jerk was the death penalty very few people I know (including yours truly) would live past 20. 7 posted on 03/29/2010 5: 01: 24 AM PDT (source)
- "I'm in a row," murmured the young lady through her veil; and the needle went in damp, and came out with a jerk, which is apt to result in what ladies called "puckering." (source)
- An artist calling his or her dealer a "jerk" or a "moron" also would likely be protected speech in oral or written form, and it would protect the collector purchasing the counterfeit who says that the dealer should have known better. (source)
- While it's unlikely that real historical pirates were concerned enough about nutrition to seek out products like Pirate's Booty, historical records show they did eat plenty of Caribbean dishes, including what we now know as jerk chicken. (source)
- January 2nd, 2010 10: 59 am ET this jerk is a republican with an agenda of NO and nothing else he is racist biggoted and out right lier. should have to step down. like most of the republicans are taking a big risk on every thing being NO NO NO it might come back and bight them in the ass .. (source)
- Aside from that, he's been pushing health care reform, he seems to have a desire to shut down Guantanamo Bay, and he's even been critical of Israel from time to time, which to my mind indicates that maybe he isn't a complete jerk, which is what politicians usually end up becoming no matter how great they are. (source)
- "If you can say, 'I'm getting treated for this,' it can be a way of saying, 'It's not my fault that I did it,"'said Lori Brown, an associate professor of sociology at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. "We as a society are trying to' medicalize 'almost everything, even criminal or immoral behavior or behavior that's socially inept - but being a jerk is being a jerk, "Brown said. (source)
- "If you can say, 'I'm getting treated for this,' it can be a way of saying, 'It's not my fault that I did it,'" said Lori Brown, an associate professor of sociology at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. "We as a society are trying to 'medicalize' almost everything, even criminal or immoral behavior or behavior that's socially inept - but being a jerk is being a jerk," Brown said. (source)
- Afterschool (also here at SXSW) and Wild Combination cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes 'directorial debut follows conceptual artist and entitled jerk Enright as he travels from Brooklyn to his girlfriend's family's Redwoods cabin to waste thousands of dollars' worth of gallery funds on his cheap, trashy provocations (defecating on an outdoor stage in low-rent Matthew Barney grotesqueries, jumping rope while repeatedly yelling "Fuck you, you piece of shit"). (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 69.0, which suggests that "jerk" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 18 synonyms for jerk.
bounce, bump, flick, flop, jolt, pull, quake, quiver, shiver, snag, thrust, tug, tweak, twitch, wiggle, wrench, wriggle, yank
We have 1 antonym for jerk.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of jerk from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To give a sudden quick thrust, push, pull, or twist to.
- (verb-transitive) To throw or toss with a quick abrupt motion.
- (verb-transitive) To utter abruptly or sharply: jerked out the answer.
- (verb-transitive) To make and serve (ice-cream sodas, for example) at a soda fountain.
- (verb-transitive) Sports To press (a weight) overhead from shoulder height in a quick motion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A sudden, often uncontrolled movement, especially of the body.
- (noun) A quick, often unpleasant tug or shake.
- (noun) A dull or stupid person.
- (noun) A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable.
- (noun) The rate of change in acceleration with respect to time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun. See charqui.
- (verb-transitive) To beat; to strike.
- (verb-transitive) To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull, or twist, to; to yerk
- (verb-transitive) To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand.
- (verb-intransitive) To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To strike or beat, as with a whip or rod; strike smartly.
- (None) To pull or thrust with sudden energy; act upon with a twitching or snatching motion; move with quick, sharp force: of ten with a word or words of direction: as, to jerk open a door; the horse jerked out his heels.
- (None) To throw with a quick, sharp motion; specifically, to throw with the hand lower than the elbow, with an impulse given by sudden collision of the forearm with the hip: as, to jerk a stone.
- (None) To make a sudden spasmodic motion; give a start; move twitchingly.
- (None) To sneer; carp; speak sarcastically.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
- (verb) jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
- (verb) pull, or move with a sudden movement
- (noun) raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
- (noun) (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration