jerky

1
[ jur-kee ]
/ ˈdʒɜr ki /

adjective, jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est.

characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.

Nearby words

  1. jerk off,
  2. jerk-off,
  3. jerkin,
  4. jerkinhead,
  5. jerkwater,
  6. jerky nystagmus,
  7. jerne,
  8. jeroboam,
  9. jerold,
  10. jerome

Origin of jerky

1
First recorded in 1855–60; jerk1 + -y1

Related formsjerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun

jerky

2
[ 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

2
1840–50, Americanism; alteration of charqui

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jerky

1
/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

adjective jerkier or jerkiest

characterized by jerks; spasmodic
Derived Formsjerkily, adverbjerkiness, noun

noun

another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
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