jerky

adjective
\ˈjər-kē \
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 \

Definition of jerky (Entry 2 of 2)

: jerked meat

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Other Words from jerky

Adjective

jerkily \ˈjər-kə-lē \ adverb
jerkiness \ˈjər-kē-nəs \ noun

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

Police then searched Waite and found beef jerky that was stolen from a 7-Eleven in the town just before the break-in call. Fox News, "Drunk man steals beef jerky from 7-Eleven, breaks into New York home and urinates on porch, cops say," 25 Mar. 2018 Beef jerky, Starbursts, Swedish fish, things like that. Fox News, "Trump cancels White House visit for Philadelphia Eagles," 6 June 2018 But just like that, things could be simmering again after two abrupt moves by President Trump this week raised fresh questions about the direction of the administration's herky-jerky trade policy. Don Lee, latimes.com, "With Trump's North Korea summit off, is the trade war with China back on?," 25 May 2018 Bridgford Foods, maker of jerky and sausage, is in the process of moving its operations to a larger and more efficient building in Back of the Yards. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 The duo camped overnight Tuesday, bonding over beef jerky. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’ll never forget him’: Alaskan husky rescues injured hiker crossing frigid Eagle River along Crow Pass Trail," 22 June 2018 This dark, intimate bar is ideal for a date, with stellar cocktails (and an odd but delicious collection of jerky, both meat and vegetable-based). Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018 Potato chips and beef jerky have gained popularity too in recent decades. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Remove from the heat and top soup with Parmesan cheese and beef jerky. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 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

: foolish, stupid, or rude

jerky

noun

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

: meat that has been cut into long strips and dried

jerky

adjective
\ˈjər-kē \
jerkier; jerkiest

Kids Definition of jerky

: moving with sudden starts and stops a jerky ride

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