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jolt

[johlt] /dʒoʊlt/
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
1590-1600; blend of jot to jolt and joll to bump, both now dial.
Related forms
jolter, noun
joltingly, adverb
joltless, adjective
unjolted, adjective
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  • It was a sudden and intimate gesture that sparked a jolt of desire through her.
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  • Sleeping with a lonely heart brings a hormone jolt in the morning.
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  • Second, hopes for an immediate jolt of activity were misplaced.
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  • Some people can't start their day without a caffeine jolt from a cup of coffee.
  • Gliding above a fish, the ray stuns it with a jolt of electricity.
  • The result is a curiously powerful daily jolt of reminiscence.
  • Two months ago, the company was given its first nasty jolt.
British Dictionary definitions for jolt

jolt

/dʒəʊlt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bump against with a jarring blow; jostle
2.
to move in a jolting manner
3.
to surprise or shock
noun
4.
a sudden jar or blow
5.
an emotional shock
Derived Forms
jolter, noun
joltingly, adverb
jolty, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably blend of dialect jot to jerk and dialect joll to bump
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Word Origin and History for jolt
v.

1590s, perhaps from Middle English jollen, chollen "to knock, to batter" (early 15c.), or an alteration of obsolete jot (v.) "to jostle" (1520s). Perhaps related to earlier jolt head "a big, stupid head" (1530s). Figurative sense of "to startle, surprise" is from 1872. Related: Jolted; jolting.

n.

1590s, "a knock," from jolt (v.). Meaning "jarring shock" is from 1630s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jolt

jolt

noun
  1. The initial impact of a narcotic injection; the potency of a type of drug; rush (1916+ Narcotics)
  2. A narcotic injection; a dose of a drug (1916+ Narcotics)
  3. A marijuana cigarette; joint (1950s+ Narcotics)
  4. A drink of strong liquor or the potency of a type of alcohol; snort: a wee jolt of Bourbon/ got a jolt from one seven-and-seven (1904+)
  5. A prison sentence: to get a jolt in the stir (1912+ Underworld)
verb

: We didn't want to jolt


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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