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jerky

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adjective \ˈjər-kē\

Definition of jerky

jerkier

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jerkiest

  1. 1a :  moving along with or marked by fits and startsb :  characterized by abrupt transitions

  2. 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

1670

First Known Use of jerky

1670


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jerky

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noun jer·ky \ˈjər-kē\

Definition of jerky

  1. :  jerked meat

Origin and Etymology of jerky

Spanish charqui, from Quechua ch'arki


First Known Use: 1850


JERKY Defined for English Language Learners

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jerky

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adjective \ˈjər-kē\

Definition of jerky for English Language Learners

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

  • : foolish, stupid, or rude


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jerky

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noun jer·ky \ˈjər-kē\

Definition of jerky for English Language Learners

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


JERKY Defined for Kids

jerky

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adjective \ˈjər-kē\

Definition of jerky for Students

jerkier

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jerkiest

  1. :  moving with sudden starts and stops a jerky ride



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