herky–jerky

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adjective \ˈhər-kē-ˈjər-kē\

Definition of herky–jerky

  1. :  characterized by sudden, irregular, or unpredictable movement or style

Origin and Etymology of herky–jerky

reduplication of jerky


First Known Use: 1957


HERKY–JERKY Defined for English Language Learners

herky–jerky

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adjective \ˈhər-kē-ˈjər-kē\

Definition of herky–jerky for English Language Learners

  • : not smooth or graceful : marked by sudden movements or changes

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