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verb [intransitive/transitive] jerk pronunciation in American English /dʒɜrk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlejerking
past tensejerked
past participlejerked
  1. 1
    to move very suddenly, or to make something move suddenly

    Jerking her head toward the valley, she said, “What’s down there?”

    1. a.
      to move suddenly as you wake up or stop thinking deeply about something

      Lucy jerked awake at the sound of her alarm clock.

  2. 2
    to pull something suddenly using a lot of force

    George raced to the window and jerked back the curtains.

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