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herky-jerky

[ hur-kee-jur-kee ]
/ ˈhɜr kiˈdʒɜr ki /
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adjective

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

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Origin of herky-jerky

First recorded in 1955–60; rhyming compound based on jerk1, -y1

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