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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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Nearby words

jerk off, jerk-off, jerkin, jerkinhead, jerkwater, jerky, jerky nystagmus, jerne, jeroboam, jerold, jerome

Origin of jerky

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First recorded in 1855–60; jerk1 + -y1
Related formsjerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jerkily (1 of 2)

jerky

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/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

adjective jerkier or jerkiest

characterized by jerks; spasmodic
Derived Formsjerkily, adverbjerkiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for jerkily (2 of 2)

jerky

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/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

noun

another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
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