AskDefine | Define jolt

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden impact; "the door closed with a jolt" [syn: jar, jounce]
2 an abrupt spasmodic movement [syn: jerk, jerking]


1 move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion [syn: jar]
2 disturb (someone's) composure; "The audience was jolted by the play"

User Contributed Dictionary




Maybe from jollen.


  1. To push or shake abruptly and roughly.
    The bus jolted its passengers.
  2. To knock sharply; to deal a blow to.
  3. To shock (someone) into taking action or being alert; as, to jolt someone out of complacency
  4. To shock emotionally.
    Her untimely death jolted us all.
  5. To shake; to move with a series of jerks.
    The bus jolted along the stony path.


(transitive) push or a shake
(transitive) shock into taking action
(transitive) shock emotionally
(intransitive) shake, move with a series of jerks


  1. An act of jolting.
  2. A surprise or shock.


An act of jolting
A surprise or shock

Extensive Definition

Jolt may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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