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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]
jerk•wa•ter(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]
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|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"