Adjective "jerkwater" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


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.'


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."


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.