jerkwater
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdʒɚk.wɔ.tɚ/
Noun

jerkwater (plural jerkwaters)

  1. (US, historical) A train on a branch line.
    • 1975, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 71, no. 1 (Mar. 1975), page 355
      […] by bailing from near streams with buckets, (the brake-man called this operation jerking water) and from this the road gets its name of jerkwater road.
Adjective

jerkwater

  1. (US, colloquial, pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, and backward.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: ма́ленький
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