- characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
- Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
Origin of jerky1
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Examples from the Web for jerkiness
For an instant there was a jerkiness to the voice, and then it droned on resonantly again.The Weavers, Complete
There is no tremor, no jerkiness, simply a loss of the sense of position.Tics and Their Treatment
The style was to some extent disfigured by jerkiness and mannered tricks.
How much stiffness and jerkiness exasperated him may be judged from what Madame Zaleska related to M. Kleczynski.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
The four-bar lengths send the music along with a swing very different from the jerkiness of contemporary opera music.Richard Wagner
John F. Runciman
- characterized by jerks; spasmodic
- another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for jerkiness
1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper