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

Hunters bring owner Kip Padgelek deer from all over so that his shop can turn them into steaks, ground meat and jerky. al.com, "A deadly deer disease is spreading and could infect humans," 14 June 2019 Hunters bring owner Kip Padgelek deer from all over so that his shop can turn them into steaks, ground meat and jerky. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A deadly deer disease is spreading. Could it strike people, too?," 14 June 2019 Preserved yak meat—aka jerky—comes in handy on long treks, and is popular among tourists. National Geographic, "What is a yak?," 26 Mar. 2019 The pedal assist never felt too jerky or too weak, even on my prototype test bike. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019 That’s why Cote likes to pack non-perishable snacks like nuts, protein bars or low-sodium jerky. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, "Experts Share Their Best Tips on How to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain," 6 June 2019 Above, here’s an exclusive first look at the Haus of Gaga archival fashion experience, jerky dress included. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Private Fashion Archive is Going on Display in Las Vegas—Infamous Dried Meat Dress Included," 30 May 2019 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

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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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