Borrowed from an aboriginal Australian language, used briefly in Australian English. A mention is made in "Robbery Under Arms", by Rolf Boldrewood; one is made in Alexander Harris's Settlers and Convicts (1847).
- "As soon as things had got thus far, I began to feel rather “jerran,” as the blacks say, (i.e. timorous)."
(Harris, Alexander. Settlers and Convicts; or, Recollections of Sixteen Years' Labour in the Australian Backwoods. London, 1847.)