adjective \ˈjər-kē\

: marked by quick rough motions or sudden starts and stops

: foolish, stupid, or rude


Full Definition of JERKY

a :  moving along with or marked by fits and starts
b :  characterized by abrupt transitions
:  inane, foolish
jerk·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb
jerk·i·ness \-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of JERKY

  1. The movie was jerky and hard to watch.
  2. <made jerky progress walking with the new crutches>

First Known Use of JERKY


Rhymes with JERKY


noun jer·ky \ˈjər-kē\

: meat that has been cut into long strips and dried

Full Definition of JERKY

:  jerked meat

Origin of JERKY

Spanish charqui, from Quechua ch'arki
First Known Use: 1850


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