Definition of Jerkwater

1. Adjective. Small and remote and insignificant. "Passed a series of poky little one-horse towns"

Exact synonyms: One-horse, Pokey, Poky
Similar to: Provincial

Definition of Jerkwater

1. Noun. (American English) A train on a branch line. ¹

2. Adjective. (US colloquial pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, backward ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Jerkwater

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Jerkwater

jerking off
jerkingly
jerkings
jerkinhead
jerkinheads
jerkins
jerkish
jerklike
jerkoffs
jerks
jerks off
jerksome
jerkwad
jerkwads
jerkwater (current term)
jerkwater town
jerkwater towns
jerkwaters
jerky
jerky nystagmus
jerky respiration
jermoonal
jeroboam
jeroboams
jeromite
jeropiga
jeropigas
jerque
jerqued

Literary usage of Jerkwater

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Magnate Or the People by John Martin Johnson (1913)
"U.'s for the people to pay, with which they built their short, and badly located, "jerkwater" railroads, ranging from one to twenty miles or more in length. ..."

2. Fifty Years in Oregon: Experiences, Observations, and Commentaries Upon Men by Theodore Thurston Geer (1912)
"There is no use of wasting money on these jerkwater storekeepers who charge ... You will at least earn your money, and these jerkwater counter-jumpers only ..."

3. Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen's Magazine (1894)
"... quitclaim and forever discharge the said The jerkwater Railroad Company, its leased und operated lines, of and from all actions. suit-, ..."

4. Report of the Public Service Commission of Maryland by Public Service Commission of Maryland (1920)
"... jerkwater" now operated by said company in the City of Baltimore, and said petition having been referred to the Transportation Expert of the Commission ..."

5. The Overland Monthly by Bret Harte (1869)
"... laden with supplies of every kind — mill machinery, whiskey, provisions, whiskey, hardware, whiskey, mule feed, and whiskey again —"jerkwater" stages, ..."

6. The Popular Theatre by George Jean Nathan (1918)
"The Le Bon and Tarde notion, gobbled whole by the jerkwater Solomons, to the effect that the collective psychology of the crowd is instrumental in reducing ..."

7. Little Journeys to Homes of Great Scientists by Elbert Hubbard (1905)
"... leaning up against a country railway station in shirt-sleeves, chewing a straw, exchanging salutes with the engineer on a West Shore jerkwater. ..."

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