jolt

[johlt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to jar, shake, or cause to move by or as if by a sudden rough thrust; shake up roughly: The bus jolted its passengers as it went down the rocky road.
2.
to knock sharply so as to dislodge: He jolted the nail free with a stone.
3.
to stun with a blow, especially in boxing.
4.
to shock emotionally or psychologically: His sudden death jolted us all.
5.
to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly: to jolt a person into awareness.
6.
to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner: to jolt someone's memory.
7.
to interfere with or intrude upon, especially in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
verb (used without object)
8.
to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.
noun
9.
a jolting shock, movement, or blow: The automobile gave a sudden jolt.
10.
an emotional or psychological shock: The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt.
11.
something that causes such a shock: The news was a jolt to me.
12.
a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat: Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition.
13.
Slang. a prison sentence.
14.
Slang. an injection of a narcotic.
15.
a bracing dose of something: a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.

Origin:
1590–1600; blend of jot to jolt and joll to bump, both now dial.

jolter, noun
joltingly, adverb
joltless, adjective
unjolted, adjective
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jolt (dʒəʊlt)
 
vb
1.  to bump against with a jarring blow; jostle
2.  to move in a jolting manner
3.  to surprise or shock
 
n
4.  a sudden jar or blow
5.  an emotional shock
 
[C16: probably blend of dialect jot to jerk and dialect joll to bump]
 
'jolter
 
n
 
'joltingly
 
adv
 
'jolty
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

jolt
1599, perhaps from M.E. jollen, chollen "to knock, to batter" (c.1430), or an alteration of obs. jot (v.) "to jostle" (1530). Fig. sense of "to startle, surprise" is from 1872. Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1533).
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Example sentences
It was a sudden and intimate gesture that sparked a jolt of desire through her.
The capsule failed to release until a jolt apparently freed the capsule.
Sleeping with a lonely heart brings a hormone jolt in the morning.
And a creamy mustard-dill sauce gets a jolt from green peppercorns.
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