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.

Origin of jerky

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

Related forms

jerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun

Definition for jerky (2 of 2)

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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British Dictionary definitions for jerky (1 of 2)

jerky

1
/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

adjective jerkier or jerkiest

characterized by jerks; spasmodic

Derived Forms

jerkily, adverbjerkiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for jerky (2 of 2)

jerky

2
/ (ˈdʒɜːkɪ) /

noun

another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)

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