a short, closefitting jacket, often sleeveless, or a vest, of a kind worn in the 16th and 17th cent.
Origin of jerkinfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A close-fitting, hip-length, collarless jacket having no sleeves but often extended shoulders, belted and worn over a doublet by men especially in the 1500s.
- A short, close-fitting, often sleeveless coat or jacket, usually of leather.
Origin of jerkinOrigin unknown
Diminutive of Dutch jurk (“dress”)?