|to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.|
|to bark; yelp.|
|—vb (often foll by out)|
|1.||to move or cause to move with an irregular or spasmodic motion|
|2.||to throw, twist, pull, or push (something) abruptly or spasmodically|
|3.||to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a spasmodic, abrupt, or breathless manner|
|4.||an abrupt or spasmodic movement|
|5.||an irregular jolting motion: the car moved with a jerk|
|6.||informal (Brit) (plural) Also called: physical jerks physical exercises|
|7.||(US) (plural) a slang word for chorea|
|8.||slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a person regarded with contempt, esp a stupid or ignorant person|
|[C16: probably variant of yerk to pull stitches tight in making a shoe; compare Old English gearcian to make ready]|
jerk 1 (jûrk)
v. jerked, jerk·ing, jerks
To make spasmodic motions. n.
A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement. See deep reflex.
jerks Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.