Synonyms of jerk in English:

jerk


See definition of jerk

noun

1‘she gave the reins a jerk’

SYNONYMS

yank, tug, pull, wrench, snatch, heave, drag, tweak, twitch

2‘he let the clutch in with a jerk’

SYNONYMS

jolt, lurch, bump, start, jar, jog, bang, bounce, shake, shock

rare jounce

3‘I was left behind, feeling a complete jerk’

SYNONYMS

fool, idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod

dope, ninny, chump, dimwit, nitwit, goon, dumbo, dummy, dum-dum, dumb-bell, loon, jackass, bonehead, fathead, numbskull, dunderhead, chucklehead, knucklehead, muttonhead, pudding-head, thickhead, wooden-head, airhead, pinhead, lamebrain, pea-brain, birdbrain, zombie, nerd, dipstick, donkey, noodle

British nit, numpty, twit, clot, goat, plonker, berk, prat, pillock, wally, git, wazzock, divvy, nerk, dork, twerp, charlie, mug, muppet

Scottish nyaff, balloon, sumph, gowk

Irish gobdaw

North American schmuck, bozo, boob, lamer, turkey, schlepper, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, gink, cluck, clunk, ding-dong, dingbat, wiener, weeny, dip, simp, spud, coot, palooka, poop, squarehead, yo-yo, dingleberry

US wing nut

NZ Australian drongo, dill, alec, galah, nong, bogan, poon, boofhead

South African mompara

British vulgar slang knobhead

North American vulgar slang asshat

archaic tomfool, noddy, clodpole, loggerhead, spoony, mooncalf


verb

1‘she jerked her arm free’

SYNONYMS

yank, tug, pull, wrench, wrest, heave, haul, drag, tweak, twitch, pluck, snatch, seize, rip, tear, whisk

informal whip

ANTONYMS

ease

2‘the car jerked along in the traffic’

SYNONYMS

jolt, lurch, bump, jog, bang, rattle, bounce, shake

rare jounce

ANTONYMS

glide