jerkwater

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jerk·wa·ter

 (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.]

jerkwater

(ˈdʒɜːkˌwɔːtə)
adj
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)

adj.
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"
Translations

jerkwater

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

jerkwater

adj attr (US inf) → Provinz-; a jerkwater townein Kaff nt (inf), → ein Provinznest nt (inf)