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Etymology 1[edit]

First recorded in early 1500s. Possibly related to Dutch jurk ‎(dress), itself of unknown origin. Note, however, that English *j* corresponds to Dutch *y* (not *j*) and *jurk* is 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