Jerkwater definitions

jûrk'wô'tər, -wŏt'ər
Remote, small, and insignificant.

A jerkwater town.

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Being or appropriate to a small, remote, unimportant community or region.

A jerkwater town.

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Contemptibly trivial.

Jerkwater notions.

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A train on an early branch railroad.
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(US, historical) A train on a branch line.
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(US, colloquial, pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, backward.
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Origin of jerkwater

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