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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from joll 'to hit' (15-19 centuries) + jot 'to knock against' (16-19 centuries)


1 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive] to move suddenly and roughly, or to make someone or something move in this way [= jerk]:
We jolted along rough wet roads through an endless banana plantation.
2 [transitive] to give someone a sudden shock or surprise:
The phone jolted him awake.
jolt somebody into/out of something
It jolted me into making the decision to quit.
Her sharp words seemed to jolt him out of his depression.

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