yerk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ȝerken (to move suddenly, excite, bind tightly, attack), from Old English ġearcian (to prepare, make ready), compare ġearc (active, quick), from Proto-Germanic *garwakōną (to prepare), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (to grab, take). Cognate with jerk; see yare for more cognates.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jɜː(ɹ)k/
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Verb[edit]

yerk (third-person singular simple present yerks, present participle yerking, simple past and past participle yerked)

  1. (archaic) to stab.
  2. To throw or thrust with a sudden, smart movement; to kick or strike suddenly; to jerk.
  3. (obsolete, Scotland) To strike or lash with a whip or stick.
  4. (obsolete, Scotland) To rouse or excite.
  5. To bind or tie with a jerk.

Noun[edit]

yerk (plural yerks)

  1. (archaic) A sudden or quick thrust or motion; a jerk.

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