jerky

1
[jur-kee]
adjective, jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est.
  1. characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
  2. Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.

Origin of jerky

1
First recorded in 1855–60; jerk1 + -y1
Related formsjerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun
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jerky

1
adjective jerkier or jerkiest
  1. characterized by jerks; spasmodic
Derived Formsjerkily, adverbjerkiness, noun

jerky

2
noun
  1. another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for jerkiness

jerky

n.

1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."

jerky

adj.

"characterized by jerks," 1858, from jerk (v.1) + -y (2). Related: Jerkily; jerkiness.

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