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 jerky (audio) \ adverb
jerkiness \ ˈjər-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce jerky (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 The jerky roller-coaster ride has meant making cancellations, juggling multiple roles and sacrificing normalcy. Washington Post, "How parents are turning toward gratitude in the pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 But such short rods make hook-setting difficult, and their drags tend to be jerky, spelling trouble for small anglers trying to land larger fish. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Fishing with Barbie," 19 Nov. 2020 After all, what 1896 film-goers saw (and were reportedly terrorized by on first viewing) was not something with the sharpness and fluidity of 4k, 60 fps, but rather that slightly blurry and jerky camera-work. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. and the growing risk of “digital redlining”," 11 Feb. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Low-speed drivability is impressively smooth, lacking the jerky stumbles that on-off throttle applications can provoke in this type of transmission. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT Gets Quicker and Comfier," 22 Dec. 2020 Hunting wasn’t part of my upbringing, at least not the type that results in homemade jerky. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 Each store features Buc-ee’s mainstays, including Texas barbeque, in-house roasted nuts, homemade fudge, Beaver nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "How to apply for a job at Leeds Buc-ee’s; company looks to hire 200," 7 Dec. 2020 Adams, whose full name was Alonzo T. Adams II, is best known for his contributions to the popular Slim Jim jerky. Jamiel Lynch And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Lon Adams, who developed the recipe for Slim Jim jerky, dies of Covid-19," 2 Dec. 2020 The jerky remains available by-the-pound for those interested ($44 per pound). San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 The popular neighborhood spot will have some special dark beers on tap, and will pair them with some small batch craft jerky, prepared by their new culinary partner, Saucy Savories. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Black Friday beer deals: 5 local breweries selling special dark stouts," 23 Nov. 2020 The shop is leaning into the holiday gift market by selling its popular grass-fed beef jerky in 2-ounce packages ($5), ideal for stocking stuffers, in late-December. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Typical beef jerky contains about 60 percent fat, 40 percent protein. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Questions To Ask When Buying Beef Jerky," 22 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Dec 2020

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“Jerky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerky. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for jerky

jerky

adjective
How to pronounce jerky (audio)

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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