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jerk-off

[jurk-awf, -of] /ˈdʒɜrkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
a stupid, bumbling, foolish, or lazy person; jerk.
2.
an act of masturbating.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; noun use of verb phrase jerk off

jerk1

[jurk] /dʒɜrk/
noun
1.
a quick, sharp pull, thrust, twist, throw, or the like; a sudden movement:
The train started with a jerk.
2.
a spasmodic, usually involuntary, muscular movement, as the reflex action of pulling the hand away from a flame.
3.
any sudden, quick movement of the body, as in dodging something.
4.
Slang. a contemptibly naive, fatuous, foolish, or inconsequential person.
5.
(in weightlifting) the raising of a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms.
6.
jerks, British Informal. physical jerks.
7.
a dance, deriving from the twist, in which the dancers alternately thrust out their pelvises and their shoulders.
8.
the jerks, paroxysms or violent spasmodic muscular movements, as resulting from excitement evoked by some religious services.
verb (used with object)
9.
to pull, twist, move, thrust, or throw with a quick, suddenly arrested motion:
She jerked the child by the hand.
10.
to utter in a broken, spasmodic way.
11.
Informal. to prepare, dispense, and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain.
verb (used without object)
12.
to give a jerk or jerks.
13.
to move with a quick, sharp motion; move spasmodically.
14.
to talk in a broken, spasmodic way.
15.
Informal. to work as a soda jerk.
16.
to dance the jerk.
Verb phrases
17.
jerk off, Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.
Origin
1540-50; 1935-40 for def 4; perhaps dialectal variant of yerk to draw stitches tight (shoemaker's term), thus making the shoe ready to wear, Old English gearcian to prepare, make ready
Related forms
jerker, noun
jerkingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for jerk off

jerk off

verb
1.
(adverb often reflexive) (slang) (of a male) to masturbate
Usage note
This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

jerk1

/dʒɜːk/
verb
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.
(transitive) often foll by out. to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a spasmodic, abrupt, or breathless manner
noun
4.
an abrupt or spasmodic movement
5.
an irregular jolting motion: the car moved with a jerk
6.
(pl) (Brit, informal) Also called physical jerks. physical exercises
7.
(pl) (US) a slang word for chorea
8.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a person regarded with contempt, esp a stupid or ignorant person
Derived Forms
jerker, noun
jerking, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of yerk to pull stitches tight in making a shoe; compare Old English gearcian to make ready

jerk2

/dʒɜːk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to preserve (venison, beef, etc) by cutting into thin strips and curing by drying in the sun
noun
2.
Also called jerky. jerked meat, esp beef
Word Origin
C18: back formation from jerky, from charqui
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Word Origin and History for jerk off
v.

slang, "perform male masturbation," by 1896, from jerk (v.) denoting rapid pulling motion + off. Farmer & Henley also list as synonyms jerk (one's) jelly and jerk (one's) juice. The noun jerk off or jerkoff as an emphatic form of jerk (n.) is attested by 1968. As an adjective from 1957.

jerk

v.

"to pull," 1540s, "to lash, strike as with a whip," of uncertain origin, perhaps echoic. Related: Jerked; jerking.

as a method of preserving meat, 1707, American English, from American Spanish carquear, from charqui (see jerky). Related: Jerked.

n.

1550s, "stroke of a whip," from jerk (v.1). Sense of "sudden sharp pull or twist" first recorded 1570s. Meaning "involuntary spasmodic movement of limbs or features" first recorded 1805. As the name of a popular dance, it is attested from 1966. Sense in soda jerk attested from 1883, from the pulling motion required to work the taps.

"tedious and ineffectual person," 1935 (the lyric in "Big Rock Candy Mountain" apparently is "Where they hung the Turk [not jerk] that invented work"), American English carnival slang, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from jerkwater town (1878), where a steam locomotive crew had to take on boiler water from a trough or a creek because there was no water tank [Barnhart, OED]. This led 1890s to an adjectival use of jerk as "inferior, insignificant." Alternatively, or influenced by, verbal phrase jerk off "masturbate" [Rawson].

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jerk off in Medicine

jerk 1 (jûrk)
v. jerked, jerk·ing, jerks
To make spasmodic motions. n.

  1. A sudden reflexive or spasmodic muscular movement. See deep reflex.

  2. jerks Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jerk off

jerk off

verb phrase
  1. To masturbate; jack off: I went ahead as usual and jerked off into my sock/ KB was always trying to jerk off (1916+)
  2. To idle about; fuck off, goof off (1950s+)

jerk

modifier

: a couple of jerk wops

noun
  1. A short branch railroad line: a small ''jerk'' with only two locals a day (1892+)
  2. A short ride (1920s+ Cabdrivers)
  3. A tedious and ineffectual person, esp a man; fool; ninny; ass; boob, turkey: Jeez, what a jerk! (Carnival 1935+)
  4. A contemptible and obnoxious person, esp a man; asshole, bastard: Dr Johnson admired Goldsmith's literary talent, although he considered him a jerk/ A jerk not only bores you, but pats you on the shoulder as he does so (1935+)
  5. soda jerk (1923+)
verb

jerk off (1940s+)

Related Terms

circle jerk, knee-jerk, pull someone's chain

[the derogatory term comes fr jerk off, ''masturbate''; the form soda jerker is found by 1883]


jerk-off

adjective

Stupid; jerky: It's too much of a jerk-off idea/ preparing an answer to the jerkoff question modi-fier Useful for masturbation: an electric suction jerk-off device

noun

A person who jerks off, either literally or figuratively: I'd be tickled to death to lose the jerk-offs (1960s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with jerk off

jerk off

Also, jack off. Masturbate, as in His roommate was always jerking off. [ ; first half of 1900s ]
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