jolt [johlt] /dʒoʊlt/ Show IPA
verb (used with object)
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.
to knock sharply so as to dislodge:
He jolted the nail free with a stone.
to stun with a blow, especially in boxing.
to shock emotionally or psychologically:
His sudden death jolted us all.
to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly:
to jolt a person into awareness.
to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner:
to jolt someone's memory.
to interfere with or intrude upon, especially in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
verb (used without object)
to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks:
The car jolted to a halt.
a jolting shock, movement, or blow:
The automobile gave a sudden jolt.
an emotional or psychological shock:
The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt.
something that causes such a shock:
The news was a jolt to me.
a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat:
Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition.
Slang. a prison sentence.
Slang. an injection of a narcotic.
a bracing dose of something:
a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.
1590–1600; blend of jot to jolt and joll to bump, both now dial.