• WordNet 3.6
    • n jerkin a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jerkin A jacket or short coat; a close waistcoat.
    • n Jerkin (Zoöl) A male gyrfalcon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jerkin A short close-fitting coat or jacket, worn in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The term is used loosely to include on the one hand the doublet, and on the other the buff-coat, at least in some of its forms; it was even used for a surcoat, or coat worn over armor.
    • n jerkin A young salmon: same as ginkin.
    • n jerkin The male of the gerfalcon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jerkin jėr′kin a young salmon
    • Jerkin Also Gin′kin
    • n Jerkin jėr′kin a jacket, a short coat or close waistcoat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of D. jurk, a frock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut., dim. of jurk, a frock.


In literature:

Poor men came armed with pike and helmet and leather jerkin.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
He sprang up at once, and put on his jerkin and pulled on his shoes.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Brown jerkin, through which show sleeves of white lawn.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
It is a month now since I had a change, and my jerkin is all stained with blood.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
He did not know it was so late, and jumped out of bed in haste to seek for his jerkin.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
Oswald took off his cloak, which was rolled up over his shoulder, and handed it to Roger, and then opened his jerkin.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
Some wore leather calzoneros, with a spencer or jerkin of the same material, close both at front and behind.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Cassocks, doublets, and jerkins varied little in shape, and the names seem to have been interchangeable.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
Jonas went over to his pallet, removed his jerkin and shoes, and lay down.
"Wizard" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
I will wrap the tools up quickly in their bag, and slip them into my jerkin.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood

In poetry:

Brown Viking of the fishing-smack!
Fair toast of all the town!--
The skipper's jerkin ill beseems
The lady's silken gown!
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The trees all clad in icicles,
The streams that did not flow;
A sudden thought flashed o'er him,—
A dream of long ago,—
He smote his leathern jerkin,
And murmured, "Even so!"
"The Pilgrim's Vision" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sewn with gold is your sable-black jerkin of velvet,
Loud your hum as you boldly fly into my room.
Why, O bumblebee, drone you so mournfully, tell me?
Would you share my dejection and gloom?
"The Last Bumblebee" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

Rodney Jerkins tells THR Toscano has recorded several songs for her forthcoming debut.
But the notion of jerkin ' as neo-punk extends little beyond fashion — with a mutual predilection for piercings, tattoos, Mohawks and multihued hair.
Following the leak of Lady Gaga and Rodney Jerkins' "Reloaded" last week, another unreleased Gaga track has hit the Internet.