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jerky

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[ jur-kee ]
/ ˈdʒɜr ki /
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adjective, jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est.
characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
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Origin of jerky

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First recorded in 1855–60; jerk1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM jerky

jerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for jerky (2 of 2)

jerky2
[ jur-kee ]
/ ˈdʒɜr ki /

noun
meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and preserved by drying in the sun; jerked meat.
Also jerk.

Origin of jerky

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1840–50, Americanism; alteration of charqui
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British Dictionary definitions for jerky (1 of 2)

jerky1
/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

adjective jerkier or jerkiest
characterized by jerks; spasmodic

Derived forms of jerky

jerkily, adverbjerkiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for jerky (2 of 2)

jerky2
/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

noun
another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
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