- characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
- Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
Origin of jerky1
Related Words for jerkilyhaphazardly, fitfully, infrequently, sporadically, unevenly, erratically, anyhow, helter-skelter, occasionally, periodically, slapdash, uncommonly, willy-nilly, eccentrically, jerkily, spasmodically, uncertainly
Examples from the Web for jerkily
Historical Examples of jerkily
"I need to know something about the pigment patches," he said jerkily.Pariah Planet
I pushed with all my might and, slowly and jerkily, the dingy slid off the shoal.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
“Kicking up a racket in there,” he said jerkily, indicating the parlour.The Hound From The North
Jerkily he came to the realization that the girl had ceased speaking.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
Then he staggered back and jerkily brought his arm across his eyes.A Virginia Scout
- characterized by jerks; spasmodic
- another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for jerkily
1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."