progressing in a fitfully jerky or irregular manner: a herky-jerky home movie shown on an old projector.

Origin of herky-jerky

First recorded in 1955–60; rhyming compound based on jerk1, -y1
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  • Herky-Jerky was the only one of his companions brave enough to start to help him.

  • Herky-Jerky's boots suddenly stood on end, and I knew then he had also risen.

  • Herky-Jerky did not wait for permission; he untied me, and helped me to my feet.

  • Bud yelled at him, so did Bill; Herky-Jerky said unpleasant things.

  • The most striking thing about Herky-Jerky, however, was his perpetual grin.