Quick answer
"Jerking" is a form of "jerk", a noun which is often translated as "la sacudida". "Flapping" is a noun which is often translated as "el aleteo". Learn more about the difference between "flapping" and "jerking" below.
flapping
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of moving up and down)
a. el aleteo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I heard the flapping of wings before I saw the birds.Oí el aleteo de las alas antes de ver los pájaros.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to moving back and forth)
a. sacudirse (verb)
A heron swooped down and scooped the flapping fish up off the sand.Una garza se abalanzó y atrapó el pez que se sacudía en la arena.
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jerk(
juhrk
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sudden quick movement)
a. la sacudida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The seismic jerk knocked her down.La sacudida sísmica la tiró al suelo.
b. el tirón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Just give the bandage a good jerk and it will come right off.Solo dale un buen tirón a la venda y saldrá sola.
c. el jalón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
If the door is stuck, you need to give it a jerk.Si la puerta está atascada, tienes que darle un jalón.
2. (inconsiderate person)
a. el estúpido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la estúpida
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That jerk at the store always tries to steal a few cents in change.Ese estúpido de la tienda siempre intenta robar unos centavos del cambio.
b. el patán
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la patana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Stop wasting your time talking to that jerk.Deja de malgastar tu tiempo hablando con ese patán.
c. el cretino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la cretina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He's a total jerk for leaving her at the altar.Es un cretino completo por dejarla plantada en el altar.
d. el huevón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la huevona
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
The jerk was late for her sister's wedding.La huevona llegó tarde a la boda de su hermana.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (culinary)
a. acecinado
I gained 20 pounds eating the delicious jerk meat in Jamaica.Subí 20 libras comiendo la deliciosa carne acecinada en Jamaica.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to give a pull)
a. dar un tirón a
You'll have to jerk the lid off because it's rusted.Tendrás que darle un tirón a la tapa para quitarla porque está oxidada.
5. (culinary)
a. acecinar
Now that we shot a deer, we need to jerk the meat so it won't spoil.Ya que le disparamos a un venado, hay que acecinar la carne para que no se eche a perder.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to make a sudden motion)
a. dar una sacudida
The wagon jerked all the way down the dirt road.La carreta dio sacudidas por todo el camino de tierra.
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