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  • nouna lurching move
  • nounstupid, bumbling person
  • nounfoolish person
  • verbmove with lurch

synonyms for jerk

  • bounce
  • bump
  • flick
  • flop
  • jolt
  • pull
  • quake
  • quiver
  • shiver
  • snag
  • thrust
  • tug
  • tweak
  • twitch
  • wiggle
  • wrench
  • wriggle
  • yank
See also synonyms for: jerked / jerking
  • idiot
  • fool
  • rascal
  • brute
  • oaf
  • nincompoop
  • ninny
  • blockhead
  • dolt
  • dunce
  • fool
  • idiot
  • imbecile
  • donkey
  • dope
  • numbskull
  • simpleton
  • twit
  • jackass
  • nitwit
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Today, more than two decades after I arrived here in that rental van, this allegiance manifests as knee-jerk defensiveness when others take shots at California.
IN DEFENSE OF CALIFORNIAJAMES TEMPLESEPTEMBER 4, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
In a container, liquid can be levitated over a layer of gas by shaking the container up and down because the repeated, upward jerking motion keeps fluid from dripping into the air below.
TOY BOATS FLOAT UPSIDE DOWN UNDERNEATH A LAYER OF LEVITATED LIQUIDMARIA TEMMINGSEPTEMBER 2, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
That would be a heartbreaking experience for anyone to go through, and I’m so sorry that this jerk betrayed your trust like that.
SOCIAL MEDIA FEELS INCREASINGLY TOXIC. WHAT DO I DO?BLAIR BRAVERMANAUGUST 29, 2020OUTSIDE ONLINE
Make the jerk bleed for your bike and they’re far less likely to bother at all.
THE MOST SECURE WAYS TO LOCK UP YOUR BIKEBY MICHAEL FRANK/CYCLE VOLTAAUGUST 26, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
Bill Gates was widely considered to come off like an evasive jerk in his testimony at the time … Which means he is now perfectly positioned to help Jeff Bezos learn from his mistakes in the Amazon titan’s first appearance before Congress.
ADVICE FOR JEFF BEZOS ON TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS FROM ME, THE TOTALLY REAL BILL GATESSARAH TODDJULY 27, 2020QUARTZ
The Narendra Modi government’s knee jerk decision to curtail ties with China overnight could cost India heavily.
INDIA WILL NEED TO STEP UP IF IT WANTS TO AVOID CHINESE MONEY FOR ITS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTSNIHARIKA SHARMAJULY 3, 2020QUARTZ
A twist, a sudden jerk, and it was Black Hood who had the signal device now.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
Here the little dogs sit and bark and jerk, ready to dodge into their hole in a moment.
THE NURSERY, AUGUST 1873, VOL. XIV. NO. 2VARIOUS
It made the skin jerk and pull as if he were trying to get rid of an itch without using his hand.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
He said nothing, however, but he went over and gave the bell cord a violent jerk.
THE AMAZING INTERLUDEMARY ROBERTS RINEHART
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WORDS RELATED TO JERK

  • blockhead
  • dolt
  • donkey
  • dope
  • dunce
  • fool
  • idiot
  • imbecile
  • jackass
  • jerk
  • nitwit
  • numbskull
  • simpleton
  • twit
  • ass
  • bastard
  • idiot
  • jackass
  • jerk
  • motherfucker
  • pilgarlic
  • prick
  • prig
  • schmuck
  • shit
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