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

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

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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 However, last night, she got startled about something happening outside the house and made quick, jerky movements. Cathy M. Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Pet World: Is scared cat remembering past abuse?," 9 Aug. 2019 The condition causes uncontrollable stiff, jerky movements in the face and body (often caused by long-term use of psychiatric drugs). Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 San Diego companies that grew billions (and billions) while you weren’t looking," 8 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Herds of angry ostriches and mandrills are added for danger, even though the special effects are hardly seamless, often looking jerky and manipulated at key moments. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Jumanji’ franchise sticks with winning formula in ‘Next Level’," 12 Dec. 2019 Your own sense of displacement may extend to the work here of choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who adds spasms of voguing and jerky and slithery movement that do, at times, correspond in literal ways to the Morissette’s lyrics. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical.," 6 Dec. 2019 Each cricket has about twice the protein, by percentage, as beef jerky and just under three times that of chicken. Jason Plautz, Ars Technica, "“Out poked two antennae”—crafting an insect-based dinner party," 28 Nov. 2019 Zhang’s other products include mock beef jerky and fake sweet-and-sour meatballs. Jane Li, Quartz, "From “pork belly” to “beef jerky,” artificial-meat makers target Chinese palates," 17 Oct. 2019 More traditional Lao favorites like beef jerky and papaya salad are available and are also recommended. Los Angeles Times, "Laotian food is fresh, funky and highly underrated. Get your fix at these four places," 1 Oct. 2019 In 2019, officials in nearly 30 states have proposed bills to prohibit companies from using words such as meat, burger, sausage, jerky or hot dog unless the product came from an animal that was born, raised and slaughtered in a traditional way. Laura Reiley, BostonGlobe.com, "Veggie burgers were living an idyllic existence. Then they got caught in a war over the future of meat," 26 Aug. 2019 It should not be dressed with mussels and clams as dry as shellfish jerky. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star restaurant review: Savor Bistro loses its way in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 17 Oct. 2019 Take, for example, warnings about the link between colorectal cancer and processed meats such as ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, jerky and salami. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Red and processed meat are OK to eat, controversial new guidelines claim. Don't believe it, leading experts say," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of jerky was in 1670

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“Jerky.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerky. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for jerky

jerky

adjective
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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
How to pronounce jerky (audio)

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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