AskDefine | Define jerkin

Dictionary Definition

jerkin n : a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A type of garment: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves.
  2. a sleeveless jacket, usually leather; a long waistcoat.


dated: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves
a sleeveless jacket, usually leather
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See also

Extensive Definition

The word jerkin can mean:-
  • A garment: see Jerkin (garment).
  • Falconer's term for a male gyrfalcon.
  • In architecture the term jerkin roof, or Jerkinhead, is applied, probably with some obscure connection with the garment, to a particular form of gable end, the gable being cut off half way up the roof and sloping back like a "hipped roof" to the edge.
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