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jerky

adjective \ ˈjər-kē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of jerky

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

jerkily

play \ˈjər-kə-lē\ adverb

jerkiness

play \ˈjər-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of jerky in a Sentence

  1. The movie was jerky and hard to watch.

  2. made jerky progress walking with the new crutches

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First Known Use of jerky

1670


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jerky

noun jer·ky \ ˈjər-kē \

Definition of jerky

: jerked meat

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Origin and Etymology of jerky

Spanish charqui, from Quechua ch'arki


JERKY Defined for English Language Learners

jerky

adjective

Definition of jerky for English Language Learners

  • : marked by quick rough motions or sudden starts and stops

  • : foolish, stupid, or rude


jerky

noun

Definition of jerky for English Language Learners

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


JERKY Defined for Kids

jerky

adjective \ ˈjər-kē \

Definition of jerky for Students

jerkier; jerkiest
: moving with sudden starts and stops
  • a jerky ride


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