jerky

adjective
\ ˈjər-kē How to pronounce jerky (audio) \
jerkier; jerkiest

Definition of jerky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : moving along with or marked by fits and starts
b : characterized by abrupt transitions
2 : inane, foolish

jerky

noun
jer·​ky | \ ˈjər-kē How to pronounce jerky (audio) \

Definition of jerky (Entry 2 of 2)

: jerked meat

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Other Words from jerky

Adjective

jerkily \ ˈjər-​kə-​lē How to pronounce jerkily (audio) \ adverb
jerkiness \ ˈjər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce jerkiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for jerky

Synonyms: Adjective

bumpy, choppy, herky-jerky, jouncy, rough

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Examples of jerky in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Outside of legal ramifications, irresponsible and jerky drone pilots do no favors for the technology’s already dubious public image. Faine Greenwood, Slate Magazine, "Merry Crashmas," 3 Jan. 2018 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017 First, there are classic tics, which typically involve quick, jerky motions of the head, neck or arms preceded by an urge, akin to an itch that needs to be scratched. Kate Murphy, ajc, "Are you a hair-twirler or a nail-biter?," 27 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My snack go-tos are usually raw zucchini, carrots, celery, almonds, walnuts, sardines, or jerkies. Melissa Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "How This Teacher Dropped 100 Pounds in One Year," 29 Sep. 2016 These spring to life through jerky stop-motion animated projections and surreal set pieces taken from, or inspired by, sculptures and film images of the noted American visual artist John Frame, the show’s production designer. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Splendid cast gives Gounod his due in muddled 'Faust' at Lyric Opera," 4 Mar. 2018 In a second ziplock bag, combine Parmesan and jerky. AT CAMP: Put the water in a small pot. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Next year will see supermarket aisles stocked with pork rinds made from mushrooms, and vegan jerky made from soy protein. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 Save for a sad packet of beef jerky and some granola bars that are more sugar than granola, the vending machines are a nutritional wasteland. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Parenting Challenge: How Do You Get Through the Vending Machine Gauntlet?," 15 Jan. 2012 The food menu reads like a global best-of snacks selection: smoked lamb ribs; bulgogi beef jerky; chicken schnitzel sandwiches; and even a full-on Uni service. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 Mecca Vazie Andrews, occasionally singing and talking, offered a rambling but commanding piece that moved between folky, stamping movements to tap routines and jerky, puppetlike sequences. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "The Los Angeles Dance Scene. Yes, There Is One.," 4 July 2018 Because it was originally shot on hand-crank cameras, the footage was jerky, with a frame rate anywhere from ten to 18 frames per second. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "This World War I Footage Was Smoothed and Colorized. And It’s Amazing.," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of jerky

Adjective

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jerky

Noun

Spanish charqui, from Quechua ch'arki

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jerky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of jerky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by quick rough motions or sudden starts and stops
informal : foolish, stupid, or rude

jerky

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jerky (Entry 2 of 2)

US : meat that has been cut into long strips and dried

jerky

adjective
\ ˈjər-kē How to pronounce jerky (audio) \
jerkier; jerkiest

Kids Definition of jerky

: moving with sudden starts and stops a jerky ride

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