- The definition of a jolt is an abrupt movement or a surprise or shock.
- An abrupt push in the crowd that pushes you forward is an example of a jolt.
- A surprise that someone gives you that encourages you to get your life back on track is an example of a jolt.
- To jolt is defined as to push, prod, shake, or surprise someone abruptly or in order to make them act, or to lurch or move ungracefully.
- When you push someone roughly in a crowd, this is an example of a time when you jolt him.
- When you give someone a surprise to try to wake them up and get them back on track in life, this is an example of a time when you jolt him.
- When you lurch forward unsteadily, this is an example of a time when you jolt forward.
- to shake up or jar, as with a bumpy ride or sharp blow
- to shock or surprise
Origin of joltearlier jot, to jog, bump, of echoic orig: probably influenced, influence by obsolete jowl, to strike
- a sudden jerk or shake, as from a blow
- a shock or surprise
- ☆ a drink of liquor neat
verbjolt·ed, jolt·ing, jolts
- To move or dislodge with a sudden, hard blow; strike heavily or jarringly: jolted his opponent with a heavy punch; an impact that jolted the mailbox loose.
- To cause to move jerkily: stops and starts that jolted the passengers.
- To put into a specified condition by or as if by a blow: “Now and then he jolted a nodding reader awake by inserting a witty paragraph” (Walter Blair).
- To make suddenly active or effective: The remark jolted my memory.
- To disturb suddenly and severely; stun: She was jolted by the betrayal of her trusted friend.
- A sudden jarring or jerking motion, as from a blow.
- a. A sudden, strong feeling of surprise or disappointment; a shock.b. The cause of such a feeling: His resignation was a jolt to the whole staff.
- A brief strong portion: a jolt of whiskey.
Origin of joltOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present jolts, present participle jolting, simple past and past participle jolted)
- To push or shake abruptly and roughly.
- The bus jolted its passengers.
- To knock sharply; to deal a blow to.
- To shock (someone) into taking action or being alert; as, to jolt someone out of complacency
- To shock emotionally.
- Her untimely death jolted us all.
- (intransitive) To shake; to move with a series of jerks.
- The bus jolted along the stony path.
Maybe from Middle English jollen.