We use the word "jerk" as a noun when describing a person whose behavior is not polite. The person is rude. This is a popular word in the United States. It’s usually used for men.
- Everyone got mad at Gerardo because he was being such a jerk towards the waitress.
- Some jerk threw all the trash that was in his car on the ground in the parking lot.
- The jerk driving behind me got too close with his car and hit my rear bumper when I suddenly stopped.
- Amanda always seems to go out with guys who are jerks. Why can’t she find someone who’s nice?
- Tom hates talking to his boss because his boss is a jerk.
- What a jerk!
You can also use "jerk" as a verb. In this case, it means a sudden motion:
- The car jerked forward when the driver put it into first gear.
- The little boy jerked something out of his sister’s hands.
- Don’t jerk your fishing pole too hard if you think a fish has taken your bait.
The word "jerky" is an adjective:
- That was a jerky thing to do. What did he do that?
- Why is Todd being so jerky to his girlfriend?
Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.