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A jerkin

Etymology 1[edit]

First recorded in early 1500s. Possibly related to Dutch jurk (dress), itself of unknown origin and not attested before the 17th century. Derivation from Old French jo(u)rne (day) has been suggested.



jerkin (plural jerkins)

  1. (historical) A type of men's garment popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves.
  2. A sleeveless jacket, usually leather; a long waistcoat.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 32:
      A tall and very good-looking kid in a jerkin came out of the store and rode the coupé off around the corner and came back walking, his glistening black hair plastered with rain.
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Etymology 2[edit]


jerkin (plural jerkins)

  1. Alternative form of gyrkin