• 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
He sent out his long ships and his leathern-jerkined men to it.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
Is it reasonable to suppose that a leather jerkin would be proof against their spears?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Sometimes, he said, they had a schoolmaster in the house, and sometimes one at Jerkin, twenty miles distant.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
His doublet was of cloth of silver, with a close jerkin of white satin embroidered in silver and little pearls.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
Nevertheless the dull butcher is magnificent in his indescribably sumptuous jerkin.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Then he drew on his jerkin again with a smile and a sigh.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
He was arrayed in a blue velvet jerkin with hose of the same material.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
He wore a black jerkin, red stockings, and a peaked hat.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Two men came forth out of the thicket, each in green forest jerkin, each with long-bow and quiver and short sword.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He wears a new hat and an old jerkin, and a pair of old breeches, thrice turned.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various

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.
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Following the leak of Lady Gaga and Rodney Jerkins' "Reloaded" last week, another unreleased Gaga track has hit the Internet.