jerran

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Adjective[edit]

jerran

  1. afraid
  • "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.)