Adjective "jerkwater" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒəːkwɔːtə/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Of or associated with small, remote, and insignificant rural settlements.
  1. 'I'm getting the hell out of this jerkwater town!'
  2. 'Hatcher has laid claim to a jerkwater, sweaty little mining town named Helldorado.'

Definitions

1. Informal. insignificant and out-of-the-way: a jerkwater town.

2. (formerly) off the main line: a jerkwater train. noun

3. (formerly) a train not running on the main line.

More examples(as adjective)

"zerovilles can be jerkwater."

Origin

Mid 19th century: from jerk + water, from the need for early railway engines to be supplied with water in remote areas, by dipping a bucket into a stream and ‘jerking’ it out by rope.