What Does JERK Mean?

JERK means "An Idiot" or "Stupid Person." Although JERK can describe a person of any gender, it is most often used to describe males because it derives from the verb to jerk (meaning to masturbate), which is most often applied to men. From a women's perspective, a JERK is typically considered to be a selfish or manipulative man or one who sees women as a sexual conquest.

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When I write JERK, I mean this: meaning of JERK A JERK describes an insensitive, selfish, arrogant person.

Summary of Key Points

Definition for JERK

JERK means "Idiot." This is the most common meaning for JERK on social-media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of JERK in Sentences

Here are examples of JERK being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Why won't you take your brother to school?
  • Jordan: He's a JERK.
  • Tony: Brad is such a JERK!
  • Jordan: I can't believe he hit on you again.

An Academic Look at JERK

JERK is typically used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • I saw the JERK who bullied me in school.
  • (Here, JERK is being used as a noun.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The term JERK has been around since before the digital era. Due to its overuse in the online world, its effectiveness as an insult has greatly dwindled.

Example of JERK Used in a Text


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