jerkin n : a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)kɪn
Translationsdated: a close-fitting collarless jacket, with or without sleeves
- French: justeaucorps
a sleeveless jacket, usually leather
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.