jerkwater definition by Webster's New World
Origin: jerk plush water: probably in reference to pulling the valve on the water tank to fill the engine boiler
jerkwater definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Remote, small, and insignificant: a jerkwater town.
- Contemptibly trivial: jerkwater notions.
Origin: From jerkwater, a branch-line train, so called because its small boiler had to be refilled often, requiring train crews to “jerk” or draw water from streams.