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 (jûrk′wô′tər, -wŏt′ər)
adj. Informal
1. Remote, small, and insignificant: a jerkwater town.
2. Contemptibly trivial: jerkwater notions.

[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.]


slang US and Canadian inferior and insignificant: a jerkwater town.
[C19: originally referring to railway locomotives for which water was taken on in buckets from streams along the route]


(ˈdʒɜrkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər)

insignificant and out-of-the-way: a jerkwater town.
[1875–80; so called from the jerking (i.e., drawing) of water to fill buckets for supplying a steam locomotive]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.jerkwater - small and remote and insignificant; "a jerkwater college"; "passed a series of poky little one-horse towns"
provincial - characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"


[ˈdʒɜːkˌwɔːtəʳ] ADJ (US) → de poca monta
a jerkwater townun pueblucho


adj attr (US inf) → Provinz-; a jerkwater townein Kaff nt (inf), → ein Provinznest nt (inf)
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By obtaining control of a certain up-country bank, two general stores, and several logging camps, he could come into control of a certain dinky jerkwater line which shall here be nameless, but which, in his hands, would prove the key to a vastly larger situation involving more main-line mileage almost than there were spikes in the aforesaid dinky jerkwater.
With his twirled moustache, flat cap and work boots, you'd be forgiven for thinking Foy Vance was some long-lost refugee from Steinbeck's Dust Bowl, a weary hobo troubadour singing for a dollar or a lift to the next jerkwater town.
This is one of the questions which are vital to the growth of Eugene, and there is no good reason why the city's progress should be stayed while (the company) takes profits off their present Eugene system and expend them in building jerkwater lines in Albany, Salem, Chehalis and elsewhere," the editorial said.