OTHER WORDS FROM jerkyjerk·i·ly, adverbjerk·i·ness, noun
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What does jerky mean?
Jerky describes something that involves a lot of jerks, meaning sudden movements.
Jerky also means meat that has been cut into strips and then dried or smoked.
As an adjective, jerky describes something as having irregular, jarring movement, as in It was a long, jerky ride on the carriage thanks to the uncooperative horses.
In this sense, the adverb jerkily means in a jerky movement, as in The wagon bounced jerkily over the rocky path.
The noun form of this sense is jerkiness, as in The jerkiness of the airplane flight quickly made me feel sick.
Jerky is also meat that has been sliced into strips that are then smoked or dried. The term jerked meat is also used to refer to this food. In this sense, jerky is used as both a singular and plural, as in I ate a piece of jerky from the bag of jerky Tom brought on the hike.
Example: The jerky movements of the bull threw the cowboy to the ground.
Where does jerky come from?
The first records of jerky come from around 1670. The adjective comes from the noun jerk, meaning “a sudden movement.” The noun is an Americanism that comes from an alteration of the American-Spanish term charqui, meaning “dried meat.”
In the United States, beef is the most commonly used meat to make jerky, and nearly every grocery store sells bags of beef jerky. However, jerky can be made out of any kind of meat, including alligator, kangaroo, ostrich, and alpaca, which would be considered unusual in the United States.
Jerky can also be used as slang to mean “stupid” or “foolish.” In this sense, jerky is an insult and people described as jerky would not be happy about it.
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- jerkily (adverb)
- jerkiness (noun)
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How is jerky used in real life?
The word jerky more often refers to dried meat.
Headed up to Seattle to check in on UW. Thought I'd take the train. Imagined it as quaint experience. More like a jerky carnival ride.
— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) September 20, 2016
First time doing jerky. Marinated flank for 22 hours and now on the @PitBossGrills at 200F for 5 hours. Not sure what I’m doing exactly but it smells like jerky so that’s a good start. Any pro tips? pic.twitter.com/D6Ljd6EfE1
— Dusty Trotts (@DustyTrotts801) January 12, 2021
Just tried vegan beef jerky with my dog. I ate the first piece, she ate the remaining all of them.
— Elton Castee (@EltonCastee) June 12, 2019
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How to use jerky in a sentence
He snacked on typical thru-hiker fare—jerky, individually-wrapped pastries, chips—and did push-ups along the way, hoping to keep some upper body strength.
As a person who loses stuff and moves in a jerky fashion perfect for flinging out earbuds, the idea of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds still worries me a little.
When the orchestra lit into a fast and jerky rhythm, Birkin attempted to drag him onto the dance floor.Jane Birkin is back with a new album, but her presence is everlasting|Jeff Weiss|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
He may be right, but the two companies could be more ambitious than just vegan Doritos and make snacks that have been largely neglected by plant-based meat producers, like beef jerky or pork rinds.Beyond Meat and Pepsi are teaming up to make plant-based snacks and drinks|Dylan Matthews|January 27, 2021|Vox
They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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I sent him some caribou jerky from Alaska to help keep up his strength on the Senate floor.Nostalgia Act: The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013|Nick Gillespie|June 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was superficial and jumpy and herky-jerky, bopping all over the place.Debate III: Obama Wins, But Does It Do Him Any Good?|Michael Tomasky|October 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Nervous and jerky he walked to the center of the stage, and raised his hand begging silence.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
With jerky motions the black monster drew down, the water rippling and gurgling along the sides.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
He knocked the ashes from his cigar and threw out his arms with one of his odd, jerky gestures.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
He spoke in very fair language, short, jerky sentences, but well-chosen words.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies